Creative regions: access to research
One of the consistent concerns of this blog has been to indicate ways in which thinking on (a) publishing and (b) the creative economy generally may fruitfully be brought into dialogue. Another focus has been the relationship – in publishing especially – between creativity and place. It is, therefore, good to know of some accessible research on the creative industries, with special emphasis on their spatial aspects.
Creative Regions in Europe is a research network supported by the Regional Studies Association. The network’s website provides numerous links to research in various, mostly grey literature, formats. They include seminar outcomes, reports, a green paper, and a book (Creative business – 10 lessons to help you build a business your way).
Perhaps of most interest here is the series of working papers by Roberta Comunian and others. A number of them study the phenomenon of ‘bohemian graduates’ (graduates in creative disciplines, including publishing and writing) – their careers and economic performance and the implications of and for higher education courses.