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Dundee Cultural Recovery

Supporting an inclusive and sustainable cultural recovery in Dundee

Covid-19 has had severe implications for the urban creative economies, infrastructure and creative workers. The Creative and Cultural Industries have been among the worst hit sectors of the economy internationally. This has damaged the sector’s upward growth trajectory, exacerbated social inequalities and intensified the precarious nature of creative work.

Building on work undertaken by the Cultural Development group of the Dundee Partnership, this research project aims to generate insights into the impact of the pandemic on the organisations and individual cultural workers (specifically freelancers and sole traders) who make up Dundee’s cultural economy, the strategies they are adopting as organisations and creative entrepreneurs, and the role of policy in supporting Dundee’s cultural recovery. It will directly feed into the Covid Recovery Plan being developed by the Cultural Development Group. 

Three online focus groups will take place on the 24th and 25th June 2021. Each will focus on a different stakeholder group creative organisations (24th June), policymakers (24th June) and creative workers (freelancers & sole traders) (25th June).

This research project is a collaboration between the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, Leisure & Culture Dundee and Dundee City Council Events Team. The research is led by Dr Lauren England (University of Dundee) with contributions from Dr Roberta Comunian (King’s College London), Dr Jonathan Gross (King’s College London), Dr Tamsyn Dent (King’s College London) and Dr Jessica Tanghetti (University of Venice).

The research is funded by an Impact and Innovation Development Fund from the University of Dundee. Additional support is provided by the Bristol & Bath Creative R&D New Scholars Fellowship programme.

Before taking part in any research activities as part of this study, please read the ethics information.

Get in touch:

Dr Lauren England
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
dundeeculturalrecovery@gmail.com
Twitter: @creativecityc19

Want to take part?

Three online focus groups will take place on the 24th and 25thJune 2021. Each will focus on a different stakeholder group creative organisations (24th), policymakers (24th) and workers – freelancers and sole traders (25th).

Research Ethics

If you are keen to get involved in the project, please read our Ethics guidelines. All participants will be asked to complete a consent form when registering to take part.