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Creative and Cultural Industries is one of our six research themes. Our research in this area is helping to build a socially-responsive and engaged creative and cultural sector — locally, nationally, and globally.

Why this research matters

The research around creative and cultural industries goes beyond what would normally be considered as the arts and humanities. Our research brings to life in visual ways key topics and concepts that spark conversations and highlight their significance within society. It is about enriching lives and communities. We develop ways for partners to commercialise ideas and enable the making and sharing of research in a cultural, dynamic and impactful way. 

Our vision and approach 

We are working to build a creatively and culturally connected Derby, which has regional, national and international relevance and significance. Covering a breadth of expertise from arts to media, to journalism and the humanities, and design and entrepreneurship, we are making significant contributions to research, cultural policy, agenda and practice. Our trans-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary research community aims to build a socially responsive and engaged creative and cultural sector. 

Our research spans many subjects and themes of inquiry, such as the creative approaches to climate change, ethics, animal studies, the making and dissemination of contemporary and historic artefacts, and the curation of historic collections. We are offering new approaches and inspiring and innovative ideas to these knowledges to inform contemporary discourses and debates. 

As a research team, we have extensive expertise in a range of areas, and we often work with colleagues and partners in areas such as technology, medicine, and the natural sciences to enhance our research community and research solutions. As this wider community, we creatively engage with local and national civic agendas and deliver impact and knowledge exchange through partnerships and networks. 

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Creative and Cultural Industries Research Centre

Discover more about our research through our Creative and Cultural Industries Research Centre.

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Defining freedom of the press

The project investigates press regulation and ethics in twelve European countries and the UK in order to examine the role and function of journalism ethics in formulations of press freedom. The project will provide evidence-based recommendations for the development of press regulation in the UK.

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Long exposure: Developing the UK's leading international photography festival

Making a significant and cultural impact on the city of Derby, FORMAT has grown to become the UK’s leading international photography festival. Organised as a collaboration with QUAD arts and media centre and drawing from the research and curation expertise of the University of Derby, it engages audiences worldwide with the power of the photographic image in all its forms.

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Protecting and promoting our urban parks and heritage

At a time where our public parks and urban trees are under threat, research from the University of Derby is playing a pivotal role in efforts to safeguard, restore and manage these invaluable features of our cities and towns for the benefit and wellbeing of future generations.

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Our research students

Find out about some of our postgraduate research students and the projects they are working on.

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Discover our innovation and research across our five other academic themes.

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