Dr Simon Moreton

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) MRes (Exeter) PhD (Bristol)
  • Position:Associate Professor Creative Economies
  • 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 Associate Professor of Creative Economies for the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, where I co-lead (with Tarek Virani) the Creative Economies Lab, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre.  

My work is concerned with critiquing concepts like ‘creativity’ and ‘economy’ to imagine more equitable futures for cultural and creative work. I am currently leading a research project to explore these themes as part of the £30M My World (UKRI Strength in Places Fund) programme led by University of Bristol. I am also 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 also 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 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 lead the New Scholars programme, a development scheme for early career academics and PhD students. 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.

I am a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio.


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