Dr Simon Moreton

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) MRes (Exeter) PhD (Bristol)
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261
  • Email:Simon.Moreton@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

I am Senior Research Fellow for the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol. My work looks at how political agency is ascribed to the concept of ‘creativity’, and how such critique might generate more equitable conditions for cultural and creative work. I am currently focused on ecosystemic approaches to developing sustainable and inclusive creative economies. This has included research into how creative organisations understand and communicate the impact of their activities, how and why universities are interested in collaborating with them, and what this means for both creative and academic work.​ 

I am currently a co-investigator on the multi-million pound Bristol and Bath Creative R&D Cluster (AHRC) programme, where I lead its evaluation and research strategy. I am the Chair of the AHRC Monitoring and Evidence Working Group, hosting a national conversation about the impacts of the Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP). I am also leading work around creative ecosystems and inclusive economies as part of the £30M 'My World' (UKRI Strength in Places Fund) programme led by University of Bristol.

I have also designed and supported evaluation for a range of arts and creative development programmes. I co-produced the evaluation of Watershed's Creative Producers International (Arts Council) programme and led on the writing of the final report. I worked with Watershed on their business support project Network for Creative Enterprise (Arts Council England/ERDF). I also worked with neighbourhood arts and community development project We Are Bristol (Paul Hamlyn Foundation), and have worked with Bristol Festivals on an internally funded project to better articulate the many ways cultural activities benefit the city.

I am a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, where I am part of the Creative Economies Lab at the Digital Cultures Research Centre. I led the 'Cultural Value Networks' and 'Final Project' modules on ACE's Creative Producing MA and now am working on the ACE/FBL led MA in Creative and Cultural Leadership. I am an ACE representative for the Researcher Development Advisory Group, and am a reviewer for ACE's Faculty Research Ethics Committee. I was previously Research Fellow for REACT.

I am also an artist​, drawing and writing about everyday life, focusing on the geographies and histories of memory, and our relationship to the landscape.

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