Dr Calvin Taylor

University of Leeds

calvintaylorChair in Cultural Industries
Email c.f.taylor@leeds.ac.uk





Faculty Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer
Member of Faculty Executive
Opera North/University Collaboration Management Committee
University Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer Board
Member of Senior Lecturer Promotions Committee
Leader of School Cultural Industries Research Grouping

Current Teaching
Undergraduate – Cultural Entrepreneurship (module leader), Professional Development (module leader),
Postgraduate – Culture and Development (module leader), Cultural Policy: assessment and evaluation (module leader), Research Project

Research Interests
Critical debates about the role and significance of the creative industries in social, economic and political development.
Regional and local development; national policy networks and forums
Political economy, the sociology of culture and an interest in business models
Currently supervising two PhD students, one on an Arts Council of England bursary

Other Activities
Advisory work for the British Council in the development of its contribution to the DTI Transitional Markets Programme with 20 emergent economies. The author was the academic advisor to the British Council's pilot work in Colombia. The project has subsequently been taken to Lithuania and the author is in discussion with the British Council to take it to South Africa.
Founding member of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's Regional Cultural Data Framework Steering Group. The Framework is the cornerstone of the Cultural Sector's evidence-base for reporting back to government on the impact of the Cultural Sector.
Advisory work to Yorkshire Forward's Digital Cluster Steering Group.
Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants
Member of Institute of Learning and Teaching




Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.