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Dr Jonathan Vickery

portrait Associate Professor

Centre Director
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23459
Email: J dot P dot Vickery at warwick dot ac dot uk

Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7HS


I was Henry Moore post-doctoral fellow at the University of Essex before being appointed to Warwick, initially to in the History of Art department, and then the (then) Centre for Cultural Policy Studies. I was an editor of the journal Aesthesis (2006-9), and since 2016 I am co-Editor in Chief of The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development. I have reviewed for many journals and funding bodies, including the British Council, AHRC (Peer Review College member, 2009-16; ESCR College member, 2016--), and various EU and European universities; I am currently External Examiner for Kings College London. I am on the Steering Committee of the Warwick Global Research Priority on International Development and Chair of their Annual International Development Photography Competition. I have organised many conference streams, public seminars and on the scientific committee of international conferences (Paris, Krakow, Copenhagen, Bled). With Justin O'Connor, I co-directed the Shanghai City Lab project (2013-15); I was Chair of the Art of Management and Organization Ltd (non-profit) for three years; I was advisor to, and now Chair of the capital development committee of the Albany Theatre (Coventry), establishing, among other things, a model research facility for independent arts organisations. In Coventry, I am on the management committee of the Spon Spun Festival, responsible for research, policy and evaluation. I have been a visiting scholar at Poznan, Belgrade and in 2017 was visiting professor at the UNESCO Chair, University of Hildesheim.

For my CV and more detail, see my LinkedIn page:

Research interests

My areas of specialisation are:

  • Public culture and public policies for culture (cultural governance)
  • Cultural Rights, Democracy and Political theories of culture
  • Development and Creative Economy (local community, urban and global)

I have secondary interests and experience in:

  • Festivals and Public cultural events
  • Arts organisations, management and strategy
  • Art practice and the public realm
  • Architecture, design and urban planning
  • Photography and film -- art as research

Current research projects

My approach to research is ‘engaged’ – I normally write and publish on topics from within a collaborative project or dialogue with cultural workers, activists and researchers. I maintain three current research project areas:
1: cultural governance: policy-driven value, strategy and organisation in the cultural sector and creative industries. I am currently working on editing the past five years of reports of the European Creative and Cultural Spillover project, on which I am speaking at a conference in Helsinki (April 2019). I conducted the evaluation of the Spon Spun Festival in Coventry, soon to be published. I will host the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Diplomacy (Prof. Serhan Ada from Istanbul) in the summer. He will be advising me on a major research bid in preparation – on UNESCO’s 2005 Convention and its implementation in the UK.
2: the cultural politics of global development: As Co-Editor in Chief of The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development (the LGD), I am editing a special issue (with John Clammer, Jindhal Global University, Delhi) on culture, democracy and development (for Autumn 2019). I have Seed funding for a project ‘Human Rights and the City’ looking at ways the discourse on Cultural Rights can inform civic development, particularly the Coventry City of Culture 2021.
3: creative pedagogy: this year’s contribution to the Positive Images Festival of multiculturalism in Coventry will be a research exhibition at the City Arcadia Gallery; I will be Jury Chair of the Global Priority in International Development Photography Competition (winners announced in June). With a Seed Fund and a scoping project called ‘Global Research Media’ I am identifying ways of using the LGD journal as a platform for PhD student training in research media and journal production.


My research and teaching are symbiotic, as I have a strong belief in pedagogy as a public duty. My annual teaching routine is always characterised by innovation in communication, engagement and participation, and public events. I have founded three international masters degrees, written 21 course modules (8 undergraduate and 13 postgraduate) supervised over a 120 MA dissertations, and organised many placements, public seminars and student public cultural events. I take an active and interactive approach to teaching, using project frameworks, business simulation, online forum and social media as well as case studies. My new MA in Arts, Enterprise and Development looks at the uses of arts and creative enterprises in Development (International Development and local cultural, community and urban development). The relation between theory and practice is often a contradictory or tense one, and I want students to experience this, and realize that solutions or approaches to problems are not pre-given but have to be improvised, innovated and negotiated.

Research Supervision

I have recently supervised a number of successful PhD projects, and will currently take students in many areas of cultural policy studies -- creative industries; urban culture and cities; public culture and art institutions; cultural development and local community; artists, enterprise, intervention and cultural dissent; global development and creative economy; culture and global sustainability; cultural rights, freedom and democracy.
Examples of recent successful PhD's:
Jiyun Yoo, 'Postmodernism, marketing and the consumption of live pop music in South Korea' (co-supervised with David Wright), 2014.
Junmin Song, 'Creative Cities and Creative Placemaking', 2015.
Rob O'Toole, 'Design Thinking in Creative HE Pedagogy', 2015.
Tomi Oladepo, 'The Digital Public Sphere and Democracy in Africa', 2015.
Gabrielle Ferdinand, 'Brand Communication and the symbolic economy of the Caribbean Creative Industries' (co-supervised with David Wright), 2016.
(with Justin O'Connor) Michael Kho Lim (Warwick-Monash Aliance scholar), 'Indie Film making and Distribution in the Filipino Cultural Economy', 2017.
I am currently supervising:
Dace Demir, 'Cultural Policy and the Institutionalisation of Contemporary Art in Latvia'.
Nick Chen, 'Creative Economy and Sustainable Development in Contemporary China'.
Phitchakan Chuangchai, 'Creative Cities in the S.E. ASEAN region'.
Gabriel Elizondo, 'Cultural Evaluation in Sustainable Cities'.

Administrative roles

  • Director: MA in Arts, Enterprise and Development
  • Warwick Global Research Priority on International Development (GRP-ID) Steering Committee
  • Chair: The GRP-ID Annual International Development Photography Competition

Recent Selected Publications

  • (2018) Special Issue: 'Cultural Rights and Global Development', Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development 22 (2).
  • (2018) 'Arts Rights Justice: protecting and promoting artistic freedom -- an interview with Daniel Gad', Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development (Special Issue, ‘Cultural Rights and Global Development’), Issue 22: 2018: 1-- 6.
  • (2018) 'Cultural Rights and Cultural Policy: identifying the cultural policy implications of culture as a human right’, Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development (Special Issue, ‘Cultural Rights and Global Development’, ed. Jonathan Vickery), Issue 22: 128-150.

  • (2018) 'Creativity as Development: discourse, ideology and practice' (2018) in Martin, L. and Wilson, N. eds. (2018) The International Handbook of Creativity at Work (Palgrave).
  • (2018) ‘'Culture, Populism and the Public: New Labour's early policy innovations and a paradigm-creation of a social instrumentalism' in Dragićević Šešić and Vickery, eds. ‘Cultural Populism’, Cultural Policy Yearbook 2017-18 (İletişim Publishing Istanbul).
  • (2018) ‘Aesthetics, Management and the Organisation of Space’ in C. Neesham, S. Segal (eds.), Handbook of Philosophy of Management, (Springer Handbooks in Philosophy): 1-23.
  • (2018) Co-ed, and Foreword author, Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe - a follow-up review (Nicole McNeilly and the European Research Partnership in Creative and Cultural Spillover).
  • (2019) Co-ed (Vickery, O’Connor and Gu, eds.) ‘Teaching the Cultural and Creative Industries: an International Perspective’, in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Vol. 18, No 2/3.

  • (2019) “Urban Cultural Intermediaries: reflections on pedagogy and creativity in the urban economy”, in Vickery, O’Connor and Gu, eds. ‘Teaching the Cultural and Creative Industries: an International Perspective’, in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Vol. 18, No 2/3: 197-215.

  • (2019) ‘Creative Economy, Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship – questions for a masters’ program in its adolescence. An interview with Mariangela Lavanga and Ellen Loots’, in Vickery, O’Connor and Gu, eds. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education Vol. 18, No 2/3: 269-278.


  • BA History of Art and Architecture (UEA, Norwich): First Class (starred)
  • MA Aesthetics and Visual Arts (University of Essex): Distinction
  • PhD Art History & Theory (University of Essex).

Professional appointments and associations

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College member (2010--2013; 2013--2016: invited to serve a second term).
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) Peer Review College member (invited -- 2015)
  • International Association of Art Critics (AICA): Nominated 2012.
  • Aesthetics, Creativity, and Organisations Research Network (ACORN): Nominated 2008.
  • Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS): Nominated 2004.
  • UK Political Studies Association (PSA): subscription.
  • Research Assessor, Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities. Invited.
  • Advisory Board, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cultural Diplomacy (Istanbul, 2018 -- ): Invited.
  • Advisory Board, Journal of the Faculty of Arts (Belgrade University of the Arts): Invited.
  • Expert Assessor (post-doctoral awards), The Irish Research Council: Invited.

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Office hours

Normally Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9-5pm (when not in the seminar room). I am on campus many other days, so please email me for an appointment.


Culture in Development (MA Core Module 1)
MA Open Space sessions (Wednesday evenings; Friday afternoons, Autumn Term)
Thinking Culture and Creativity (BA theory core module)
Global Urban Futures (MA Option Module Spring Term)
Major Project (dissertation)
PhD supervision (individual and group)