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Dr Vishalakshi Roy

Vishalakshi RoyAssistant Professor in Creative Industries

Email: V dot Roy at warwick dot ac dot uk


Dr. Vishalakshi Roy first joined the centre as a student when she was awarded an MA in Creative and Media Enterprises in 2003, and re joined as a visiting lecturer and arts and cultural sector specialist in 2010. She holds a honours degree in Accountancy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and PR from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Delhi. She was awarded a PhD in Entrepreneurship by Warwick Business School where she was part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation research group, exploring the role of identity in entrepreneurship. She is Course Director of the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises, at the centre and module convenor of Entrepreneurship: A Critical Perspective an interdisciplinary module in Entrepreneurship at Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning. Vishalakshi is a Senior Fellow of Warwick Institute of Engagement and chairs the Evaluation Learning Circle.

Professional activities

Vishalakshi is an entrepreneur and business mentor with over 20 years' experience in the creative and cultural sector in India, Europe and the UK. She is founder-director of research led consultancy Earthen Lamp, that specialises in research and strategy for the creative and cultural sector. She is a cultural advisor for the West Midlands Combined Authority and sits on its Cultural Leadership Board. Additionally, Vishalakshi is director of Live and Local and Powered by CAN. She is also a certified member of the Market Research Society and was a member of the Centre for Cultural Value'sLink opens in a new window Strategic Working Group working on the UK’s first commonly agreed set of Cultural Evaluation Principles.

Research interests

Vishalakshi is fascinated by the tension between creativity and entrepreneurial behaviour that manifests itself in the running and management of creative and cultural enterprises. Her research explores entrepreneurial activity, taking the form of the identification and exploitation of opportunities for economic, social and cultural value creation, at the level of the individual. Her research interests also include leadership, strategic planning and management of creative businesses and cultural organisations, their markets and audiences.

Funded projects include:

Coventry City Of Culture 2021 Focus Study Civic, Cultural And Business Partnerships (2022) :The study with specific bodies within Coventry’s civic, cultural and business communities aimed to understand the impact of the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 title on their operations, networks and partnerships. It identifies the impact of the title in developing and strengthening partnerships and assesses the value and their sustainability beyond the UK CoC 2021 year. Funded by Coventry City of Culture Trust. Find the report here.

Coventry Made Me (2020-2021):Research into the creative identity of creative workers related to Coventry. The project will result in a new commissioned digital artwork. Funded through University Partnership Coventry Creates Funding Call – Feel Connected, Get Creative. A University Partnership fund comprising of University of Warwick and Coventry University. Find the project outputs here.

Evaluation of Cultural Leadership Programme AD:Vantage (2020-2021):Study investigating the impact of the pilot project Creative Leadership Programme AD:Vantage being delivered in Coventry. The programme placed the vantage point of d/Deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners at the heart of leadership. Funded by Coventry City Council. Find the report here.

Culture under COVID: Realities and Dreams (2020):Research into the impact of COVID-19 and the associated lockdown on the creative lives and work of individuals in the creative and cultural sector. Funded through the highlight call - Keeping Cultures Connected, Keeping Connected through Culture. This call was funded by Connecting Cultures and Productivity and Futures of Work GRP, University of Warwick. Find the podcasts here.

Selected publications

  • Doustaly, C., & Roy, V. (2022). A Comparative Analysis of the Economic Sustainability of Cultural Work in the UK since the COVID-19 Pandemic and Examination of Universal Basic Income as a Solution for Cultural Workers. Journal of Risk and Financial Management, 15(5), 196.
  • Roy, V. (2020) Becoming a Craft Entrepreneur: A Journey of Identity Change and Conflict in Patel, K. and Naudin, A (eds) Craft Entrepreneurship, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham MD
  • Roy, V. (2018) Role of Artist Led Events in Translating Cultural Policy into Practice, Shifting Ground (print and online)
  • Roy, V. and Goodwin-Thompson, C. (2018) Baseline of Coventry’s International Profile, Connectivity, Capacity and Outlook, British Council UK
  • Palmer, H. and Roy, V. (2017) Evaluating Festivals, Journal of Arts Marketing, Volume 66, Arts Marketing Association, Cambridge
  • Neelands, J., Dixon, A., Roy, V. (2017) Coventry Cultural Strategy 2017-2027, Coventry City Council
  • Roy, V. (2017) City of Culture: Coventry is home to a "vibrant tapestry" of people, Coventry Telegraph (print and online)
  • Roy, V. (2016) Valuable Visitor Data, Arts Professional (published online November 2016)
  • Roy, V. (2014) Strategic management in the arts – book review. Cultural Trends, 2014, Vol 23., No1, 76-77

Selected conference papers and presentations

  • Conference paper presentation ‘Importance of Role Models in Framing the Entrepreneurial Intention of Creative Entrepreneurs' at Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, November 2023.
  • Conference paper presentation ‘Rural Arts Promoters: Community Activist or Social Entrepreneur' at Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, November 2023.
  • Panel Chair for How do we embrace difference and engender an inclusive culture? at Doing Things Differently Leadership Symposium, University of Warwick, April 2022
  • Conference paper presentation 'Could do better: the exceptional impact of COVID19 emergency measures on visual artists with chronic conditions' at ANOTHER ARTWORLD: Manifestations and Conditions of Equity in Visual Arts, International Scientific Conference, University of Arts Belgrade December 2020
  • Conference paper presentation 'Evaluation Frameworks of Cities of Culture' at Paris Seine-Warwick Workshop, University of Warwick November 2019
  • Conference paper presentation ‘Do university art collections enhance university experience for staff and students? at the Audience Research in the Arts conference at SPARC (Sheffield Performing Arts Research Centre), University of Sheffield July 2019
  • Invited Panel Member for discussion on audience engagement for S.H.E.D, Social Higher Education Depot, University of Derby July 2019
  • Panel Chair for Seminar on Cultural Entrepreneurship, organised by Birmingham City University, May 2018
  • Conference paper presentation Is money a dirty word and starting a venture in the creative industries dirty work? at Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Glasgow, November 2015. Nominated for best paper in Creative and Cultural Industries Track
  • Conference paper co-presenterReconciling Approaches to Valuing Creative SMEs – a working paperat Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Glasgow, November 2015
  • Speaker and Workshop Leader at AEN Conference Audiences Insight/Out, Rotterdam, June 2012
  • Invited speaker at Culture in Context, Cultural Research & Intelligence Network (CRAIN) Annual Conference, Birmingham, October 2011
  • Invited speaker at USUS Konferasen, organised by University of Agder, Norway, May 2011
  • Keynote speaker at UiT Forum organised by CultuurNet Vlaanderen, Leuven, November 2010
  • Invited Speaker at Measuring the Unmeasurable, Digital Participation in Culture Seminar organised by Birmingham City University, Birmingham, July 2010


Office hours

If you would like to see me please email for an appointment. I will normally respond within 24 hours.