A new creative industries research network has been launched to promote knowledge exchange and new research collaborations.
The network aims to bring together researchers interested in the creative industries in Hampshire and to explore how their research can inform practice and policy-making. Eastleigh Borough Council has seen first hand the benefits of evidence-based strategic planning through partnerships with researchers at the universities of Southampton and Winchester.
Eastleigh Borough Council takes an active role in supporting research into arts, culture and the creative industries. In 2010 the Culture Unit assisted with a research dissertation at the University of Southampton which was later awarded a prize from the Regional Studies Association. This project explored Eastleigh as a case study of culture-led regeneration. More recently the local authority has been supporting a PhD programme at the University of Winchester.
The new research network, coordinated by Eastleigh Borough Council’s creative industries research and support officer Paul Spencer, brings together researchers from the four Hampshire universities (also including the University of Portsmouth and Southampton Solent University) as well as King’s College London.
Following initial discussions about the potential for a new research network the first meeting was held at Solent Creatives (part of Southampton Solent University) in April. Quarterly seminars will now follow at the University of Winchester in July, Southampton in October and Portsmouth in January 2016.
The research network is supported by Creative Network South which is a partnership of businesses, universities and local authorities working together to promote the creative economy in Hampshire.