UKRI Policy Fellowship – Department for Culture Media and Sport Cultural Placemaking and Levelling Up

Project Details


This policy fellowship is one of 44 supported by UKRI to work with government departments and What Works centres which aim connect up research and policy and provide a significant increase in the science and research capabilities of government by embedding policy fellows within the heart of government.

Based in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) directorate of Arts, Heritage and Tourism, working with Creative and Cultural Industries and liaising with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), I will lead a co-designed project that examines evidence of what works in creative and cultural placemaking that uses national policy levers and investment in art and culture to transform places and support local cultural infrastructure and pride in place.

The project will build on research expertise on cultural investment models and local cultural policy, working in secondment within the civil service on a year-long project the outcomes of which will be disseminated in Spring 2025.

The fellowship aligns with ongoing research and knowledge exchange activities including the UKRI/ESRC Local Policy Innovations Hub and the Manchester-Melbourne-Toronto Strategic Research project, Beyond the Creative City.
Effective start/end date1/10/2331/03/25

Collaborative partners

  • The University of Manchester (lead)
  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Collaborator)
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (Sponsor)


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