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The practice of cultural ecology: network connectivity in the creative economy

Dovey, Jonathan; Moreton, Simon; Sparke, Sarah; Sharpe, Bill


Jon Dovey
Research Centre Director DCRC/ Professor

Sarah Sparke

Bill Sharpe


© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. ABSTRACT: This paper reflects on approaches to collaborative knowledge exchange projects between UK universities and the creative economy. It develops a preliminary account of cultural ecology as a systematic approach to producing impact in the creative economy. It argues that such an approach is a powerful way to aggregate micro-businesses and small and medium sized enterprises in a meaningful network of new relationships. The paper uses social network analysis software to begin to visualise the pattern of relationships that constitute the ecosystem. The paper reports on the work of the Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies Hub, one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Dovey, J., Moreton, S., Sparke, S., & Sharpe, B. (2016). The practice of cultural ecology: network connectivity in the creative economy. Cultural Trends, 25(2), 87-103.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 7, 2016
Publication Date Apr 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, -0001
Journal Cultural Trends
Print ISSN 0954-8963
Electronic ISSN 1469-3690
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 87-103
Keywords creative economy, knowledge exchange, social network analysis, networks, ecosystems
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