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Dr Clive Gray

Dr Clive Gray

Associate Professor

Course Director MA International Cultural Policy and Management
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 24912

Millburn House


Dr Clive Gray is Associate Professor in Cultural Policy Studies and is the Course Director of, and Admissions Tutor for, the MA International Cultural Policy and Management. As of October this year I will be working a 20% time-table with consequent effects on my responsibilities: please watch this space for further details!

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, Museum Management and Curatorship and Cultural Trends 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 latest book, The Politics of Museums, is 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 also 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.

Teaching and supervision

I teach the core module in International Cultural Policy on the ICPM course, investigating the processes, intentions, evaluation and consequences of cultural policy activity around the world. My new option module on Museums and Heritage: Policy and Practice was introduced in 2017. As well as these courses, I also supervise student dissertations.

I am currently in my final year as external examiner at University College London in Qatar.

PhD Matters

I am currently supervising Eun Go's research on the cultural policy of North Korea, Maike Ludley's research on argumentation, language and cultural policy, and will be supervising Anne-Sophie Ninino's research on New Zealand and Pacific artefacts and taonga and their place, care and management in museums. I have frequently examined PhD theses (the latest being from Newcastle and Surrey Universities) and am happy to continue doing so.

Administrative roles


Office hours

Summer Term 2018

Dissertation supervision meetings will be arranged with individual students. Other meetings can be arranged by e-mail.


International Cultural Policy (Core module: MA International Cultural Policy and Management)

Museums and Heritage: Policy and Practice (Optional module)