The university as intermediary for the creative economy: Pedagogues, policy-makers and creative workers in the curriculum

Dave Harte, Paul Long, Annette Naudin

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This article examines the nature and role of courses designed to train creative workers, policy-makers and related actors, in the skills necessary for cultural management, enterprise or intermediation and their relationship in apprehending the sector. The article takes a case study approach, engaging with university policy, student research, reflections from graduates and staff who have participated in a suite of integrated MA awards at a UK university. We find that the programme created environments in which practitioners and intermediaries were positioned in reflexive relation to their experiences and roles. We outline the insights and understandings that have emerged as students explored their own orbits in relation to both critical and instrumental research on the cultural sector, and in relation to perceptions of the transformations in sector and how it is conceived. The case study sets out an agenda for exploring the relationship of research, pedagogy and practice after the creative industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-139
Number of pages20
JournalArts and Humanities in Higher Education
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • Creative industries
  • cultural economy
  • cultural intermediaries
  • knowledge transfer
  • third stream

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