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Dr Clive Gray

Dr Clive Gray

Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74842

Millburn House


Dr Clive Gray is Associate Professor in Cultural Policy Studies. I am working a 20% time-table with consequent effects on my responsibilities.

Research interests

My research interests include analysing the politics of the museums and galleries sector; ontology, epistemology and methodology in cultural policy research; forms of cultural policy; and the organisation and management of cultural policy by the state. I have published widely on all of these in books and journals - ranging from The International Journal of Cultural Policy and Museum Management and Curatorship to Public Administration and Public Policy and Administration. My latest articles have just appeared in Museum and Society, Local Government Studies and Cultural Trends.. My last book, The Politics of Museums, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Further details of my research and publications can be found on my research page where access to all of my conference papers and many of my articles and book chapters is also available.

I have been working with Vikki McCall from Stirling University on aspects of museum functions and questions of museum management, as well as on the analysis of museums as organisations and institutions, and our book on the subject, 'The Role of Today's Museum' to be published by Routledge, is due out on the 27th of May.

My next project - which is already underway - is the completion of a book on museum change, analysing the effects of political, social, economic and professional changes over a period of 170 years on one of the oldest local authority museums in England.

Teaching and supervision

I am part of the way through my final year as external examiner at University College London in Qatar. My teaching and supervision role is limited to dissertation (MA and PhD) supervision and second marking.

PhD Matters

I am currently supervising Maike Ludley's research on argumentation, language and cultural policy in Germany, and Anne-Sophie Ninino's research on New Zealand and Pacific artefacts and taonga and their place, care and management in museums. Each of these is much more interesting and informative than such a bald set of statements would indicate.

I have frequently examined PhD theses (the latest being from Flinders University and Leicester University) and am happy to continue doing so.

Administrative roles

I am a member of University's Investigation Committee for plagiarism, contract cheating and other forms of academic malfeasence; the University's Working Party on Academic Integrity; and the School's Ethics Committee.

Office hours


I will not be in over the rest of this academic year, and am unlikely to be available on campus much before September, and perhaps not even then.


I will be supervising MA and PhD dissertations, probably at a physical distance, this and next academic year.

New book released:

The Role of Today's Museum

clive gray book