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Cultural Work and Higher Education

I have written a chapter for a book entitled Cultural Work and Higher Education, edited by Dan Ashton and Caitriona Noonan. My chapter focuses on enterprise education and is based on research I did with post-graduate media students. Their experience of doing an enterprise module but not an evaluation of the module. This is the abstract for the chapter:

Media Enterprise in Higher Education: A Laboratory for Learning

Enterprise has become increasingly important in media and creative industries education. In this chapter, I explore some of the tensions between critical debates and teaching enterprise practice. Empirical evidence is provided from interviews with post-graduate media students revealing a dynamic and exploratory approach to entrepreneurship. While there are challenges, engaging with the practical aspects of entrepreneurship enables students to re-shape the idea of the entrepreneur to suit their own practice and circumstances. Reflection encourages students to develop their own media entrepreneur identity.

The book is published by Palgrave and should be available in Autumn 2013.

Shall we explore Bourdieu or not?

That’s the question that my colleague, Steve Harding and I discussed this afternoon while working on a paper for the ISBE conference. One fo the reasons why we are not sure if it would be helpful to use Bourdieu’s theory of habitus and field is because we are not clear about his work – neither of us have studied Bourdieu. As a brief introduction, I thought this clip from You Tube was quite helpful:

We are exploring relational entrepreneurial learning for creative industries students. We draw on the authors Chell and Karatas-Ozkan (2012) who argue that entrepreneurial practice does not take place in a vacuum but is embedded in a social context represented by a complex web of strong and weak ties depending on the individual’s position in a network. I dont know if we will end up using Bourdieu but, I think that his framework does offer a way of unpicking the power relationships, the ‘rules’ and individual roles in the social networks we are discussing for this paper.

Book chapter – Entrepreneurship

The Book Thief

I am writing a chapter for a new book about Media Education. My chapter will be focused on entrepreneurship; approaches to enterprise education and some findings from a research project I did with my students last year. My aim is to offer an overview of where we are at in terms of enterprise education for media and cultural industries students along with some questions for further investigation. It builds upon earlier research I conducted (Carey and Naudin, 2006b), and a recognition that entrepreneurship is increasingly important in media education. Many aspects of entrepreneurship education are familiar to vocational media courses but they have probably not been called ‘entrepreneurship’ before. Having come across a range of enterprise educators working in more generic faculties or departments, I am often surprised that, unknowingly, media and art and design education fits with much of the good practice promoted by organisations such as the NCGE. Unlike business schools, we have always been about the experience of real life practice, working on live projects with industry, getting in guest speakers, team activities and experiential learning. The words ‘enterprise’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ are loaded with meaning and can certainly be off-putting to many media educators. But rather than dismiss these terms, I think they provide us with an opportunity to reflect critically on the nature of the entrepreneurial element within contemporary media practice.

Trying to work out the key question

As I am getting closer to the MPhil upgrade and submitting a more detailed proposal, I have started to focus on the key question to be explored in my PhD research.

What is the nature of entrepreneurship in cultural and media work and what are the implications for vocational education?

I explore this problem by researching cultural workers and the nature of entrepreneurship as it is experienced by individuals working as freelancers and in small independent businesses within the creative, media and cultural industries. The emphasis is placed on the specific experience of these workers, their potentially entrepreneurial behaviors and skills as they negotiate a career in the UK’s creative industries sector. This informs and raises debates for higher education policies in creative, media, art and design subject areas, with an emphasis on the post graduate level. Continue reading


In his book, Organizing Identity, Paul Du Gay seeks to explore the question: What does a sociology of persons look like? Du Gay explores these issues by focusing on the person’s context such as ‘ the relations, techniques and forms of training and practice through which individuals in particular organizational settings have acquired definite capacities and attributes for existence as particular sorts of person.’ (2007: 13). Continue reading

‘Feeling more professional’

I’d like to explore the questions raised in my last post by reporting on a recent article by Dr Daniel Ashton in the tenth edition of Networks, the magazine of Art Design and Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA). The questions was: Can we utilise the more critical perspective, dominant in cultural studies and sociology, as a means of generating a critical perspective from our students while simultaneously offering students tools from an entrepreneurial model of practice?

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The latest version of my PhD proposal

Project title:

Cultural Entrepreneurship – the implications of entrepreneurship curriculum for an art, design and media education policy

Research project:

My research is specifically focused on the implications of an entrepreneurship agenda in Art, Design and Media education. It seeks to explore the notion of enterprise and entrepreneurialism in the wider cultural and creative industries, as it is expressed in practice, in academic debates and through creative industry policy to inform educational policies. Continue reading