We’re delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Dr Saskia Warren as the Research Fellow on the Birmingham end of the project.  This is a three year appointment, with Saskia taking the lead on data collection within workpackages 3-5, looking at the governance of the creative economy within Birmingham, how these governance structures intersect with different communities and in facilitating the delivery of new co-designed creative interventions to improve practice in this area.

Saskia recently completed an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, and Audiences Yorkshire, the cultural marketing house, entitled Audiencing Artscapes: encounters between art and audience at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Tailoring a mixture of qualitative methods  (archival, visual and ethnographic) to different typologies of audiences (with a focus on workers, local residents, visitors, volunteers), her doctoral research explored the meaning of art in different people’s lives.

Since completing her PhD she has been commissioned by Bradford College as a consultant on representation and democracy in their Student Union, and worked as a Research Assistant for Kingston University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Past projects include exhibitions for the Henry Moore Institute and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, alongside consultancy for Heritage Lottery Fund/Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Collection’s Trust. She has published on the intersections of geography, museum studies and contemporary art, with an article forthcoming in Cultural Geographies.