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KE Hubs for the Creative Economy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has committed £16M (80% Full economic Costs (FeC)) during the period 2012 – 2016 to support four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy.

Knowledge Exchange Hubs, working as consortia, connect excellent research in the arts and humanities with a range of creative and cultural organisations, large and small, across the UK, to accelerate growth and innovation, generate new and exciting knowledge exchange opportunities, foster entrepreneurial talent and contribute to the development of the UK’s Creative Economy.

These are:

The Creative Exchange led by Lancaster University in partnership with the University of Newcastle and the Royal College of Art.
Director: Professor Rachel Cooper
Tel: 01524 510871.

Design in Action led by the University of Dundee in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, The Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art at the Robert Gordon University, University of Abertay and St Andrews University.
Director: Professor Georgina Follett
Tel: 01382 385202.

Creative Works London led by Queen Mary University of London in partnership with Birkbeck College, Central Scholl of Speech and Drama, City University, the Courtauld Institute, Goldsmith College, Kingston University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, King’s College London, Roehampton university, Royal Holloway, School of Oriental and African Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, University of the Arts and the University of London’s Centre for Creative Collaboration.
Director: Professor Morag Shiach
Tel: 020 7882 5006.

Research and Enterprise in the Arts and Creative Technologies (REACT) led by the University of the West of England Bristol in partnership with the University of Bristol, University of Exeter, University of Bath, University of Cardiff, and the Watershed Arts Trust.
REACT have released a report that distils their learning from the past four years, and celebrates the great potential of collaboration between universities and the creative sector.
Director: Professor Jonathan Dovey
Tel: 0117 328 4458.

We have made a short film about the KE Hubs two-years into their four-year projects. We hear from the Hub Directors who reflect on some of their Hub’s most notable achievements to date.

In 2015 the AHRC commissioned Georgina Follett and Jon Rogers to produce the report, Articulating Co-Creation for economic and cultural value (PDF, 2.5MB). The intention of the report is to understand how co-creation has been developed and where and how the different models operated within each hub have added to our understanding of Knowledge Exchange.