Staff profile

Dr Victoria Barker

Research Impact Officer

Victoria Barker in a classroom.


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Humanities, School of Arts

Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre



I work across the School of Arts and the Department of Humanities and Journalism on the research impact agenda. This involves a range of activities to support research staff and students to plan, deliver and demonstrate the difference they make through their work. To do this I work closely with the central Research Office to represent the needs and interests of staff in Arts and Humanities who are carrying out research.

Research interests

My current research explores the concept of the creative ecosystem and how this can influence policy and support to creative micro-enterprises. I have associated research interests in:

Membership of professional bodies




Recent conferences

May 2018: ‘The concept of the creative ecosystem and its links to cultural entrepreneurship’, presentation at book launch for ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship: the cultural worker’s experience of entrepreneurship’ by Annette Naudin, Birmingham City University.

April 2017: ‘Investigating the creative and cultural sector’, presentation at ‘Sky Blue City’ research event in support of Coventry City of Culture bid, University of Warwick.

July 2016: ‘Policy and the location of value creation’, presentation with Professor Nick Henry at the Uddevalla symposium on Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship, Birkbeck University.

Experience in industry

I work as an impact and evaluation consultant supporting cultural organisations to develop and demonstrate the impact of their work, and to understand and engage with their audiences. I write a lot of professional reports, communication and business plans, and web content.

My previous experience includes eight years in the public sector as a programme and strategic manager. The focus of this work was the professional development of Further Education teachers and lecturers. After this I spent several years as a consultant advising on charity strategy and providing researcher support.

Recent publications

Barker, V. and Henry, N. (2016) ‘Policy and the Location of Value Creation : The Creative Microenterprise and the Creative Ecosystem’ in Bernhart, I. (ed.) Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship : Revised Papers Presented at the 19th Uddevalla Symposium, 30 June – 2 July, 2016, London, United Kingdom. Uddevalla Symposium, 205–218