Dr Tarek Virani

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Tarek is Associate Professor of Creative Industries at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. He is working on a number of large research projects examining creative industries clusters in the south-west of England and beyond. Currently, he is working on Bristol and Bath Creative R and D (including the Creative Workforce for the Future project) as well as legacy planning for the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN). Previously he was part Founder and Deputy Director of Network: Queen Mary University of London's Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy. Network was partly a legacy of Creativeworks London which was a large knowledge exchange hub funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2012 - 2016 where Tarek conducted research into knowledge exchange practices, creative SMEs, creative clusters, and creative hubs where he has published extensively.

Tarek has been deeply involved in a number of areas within the creative and cultural industries in the UK and internationally. For example: in east London, Tarek led the research component of a bid to make Hackney Wick and Fish Island a Creative Enterprise Zone under the Mayor of London's Creative Enterprise Zone scheme; in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Chile and the Philippines he has been involved with the development of Creative Hubs policy with the British Council and other stakeholders; he has been involved with mapping the contribution of festival economies in West Bengal, India; he has examined how the creative sector and Dementia care connect, and he is involved with examining the contribution and impact of the Live Art sector in the UK. Tarek has been keynote speaker at a number of conferences and summits nationally and internationally. He has spoken at important creative and cultural events such as Kinetica Art Fair, So Creative Summit, Hubs for Good Summit, Fabrikken Oslo, Zurich meets London Festival, European Colloquium of Culture, as well as a host of national and international conferences.

 His research interests span a number of areas within the creative and cultural economy including the role of intermediaries and social enterprises in the creative and cultural economy, cultural policy, artistic knowledge within locally bounded artistic communities, new workspaces in the creative and cultural economy, the role of micro-community engagement in culture-led regeneration, the link between the creative industries and local development, creative economy policy and Dementia care, creative and cultural hubs, and the changing nature of creative and cultural labour internationally.


Area of expertise

Creative and cultural industries, creative economy, creative hubs, knowledge exchange,


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