Ms Melissa Blackburn

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) (Goldsmiths'), MA (Essex) Dip (Bristol) Cert (UWE)
  • Position:Knowledge Exchange Manager
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261

About me

I work in the Creative Economies Lab ( which is part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre ( in ACE Faculty. The Creative Economies Lab's research themes are: Developing Creative Places and Spaces; Understanding Cultural Ecologies; Supporting Resilience in Creative Businesses; Exploring future economic models for creativity. We also specialise in supporting R&D and innovation in the creative sector.

I am currently working on My World ( on a research project around Fair Creative Economies, amongst other activities.

From 2018-20 I worked on UWE's Research England-funded South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), which supported creative technologists across the South West. SWCTN ran funded research and prototype programmes, supporting thinkers and makers to do what they loved and create new work and businesses. In 2020-21 was seconded to Watershed to produce the data strand of the programme:

Having studied human rights theory and practice at postgraduate level, I spent 10 years working as a documentary filmmaker specialising in oral history, worked in feature film development, and was for three years CEO of a film-based modern slavery charity. I'm interested in how creative people dream up new ways of working, producing and leading, developing themselves and their teams and drive meaningful social change.

Area of expertise

Creative Industries and Economies, Creative Practice, Artist support, Creative Producing, Project Management, Knowledge Exchange, Interdisciplinary working and collaboration; Creative Technology; Partnerships, Leadership.


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