Research impact

Culture, Society and Innovation (CSI)

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The Culture, Society & Innovation Hub will pool key strengths in cultural and creative industries research at the University. It will be characterised by interdisciplinarity and seek to build and maintain connections with organisations of all scales, across business, community, and policy-making.

"The CSI Hub aims to establish an infrastructure similar to that of a STEM research centre. This will enable us to deliver sustainable, high-quality research that will have impacts both internationally and regionally," says Mick Wallis, Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications.

The four areas of the Hub are closely linked to the Faculty's academic areas:

Culture: Experience: Engagement
Based in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, and led by Professor Calvin Taylor, this area will explore how and to what extent changing socio-political, cultural, economic, organisational and technological contexts influence the development of, participation in, and interaction with the performance and cultural industries.

Transforming cultural heritage: Based in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, and led by Professor Catherine Karkov, this area will develop new technologies with the heritage industries and explore their cultural impact -transforming the way heritage is understood, preserved and experienced in galleries, museums and heritage sites.

Design, performance and technology: There are two strands to this area, which bring together the Schools of Design, Music, and Performance and Cultural Industries. Professor Stephen Westland will lead the first, Communication and Affective Design, examining how different facets of design - such as texture, colour and sound - help communicate information or sell products through emotional appeal.

The second strand, Human/Technology Interface led by Dr Kia Ng, will develop interactive multimedia systems - for example, sensory rooms and spaces - through collaboration between science, arts and technology, to enrich both everyday life and creative environments.

Transformations in broadcasting: Based in the Institute of Communications Studies and led by Professor David Hesmondhalgh, this area will provide a historical examination of journalism and popular culture as the prime means for public engagement in modern societies. Why are some periods of popular cultural production marked by intense innovation and others by relative stagnation? How do economic, technological and organisational changes affect media content? The project will examine these questions through a historical examination of radio and television in Europe and North America. A particular interest will be the massive changes currently being brought about by digitalisation.

Further information

Professor Mick Wallis - pcumw@leeds.ac.uk