Researchers-In-Residence Scheme

This scheme enables a doctoral student or early career academic researcher to do a short-term work placement with a company from within London’s Creative Economy. Below are examples of student placements that Creativeworks London has funded. More information about the scheme can be found here.

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Researchers-In-Residence Scheme


Punchdrunk and Emma Miles from Royal Holloway, University of London


Experimental and immersive theatre company Punchdrunk have run their Enrichment programme since 2008, working with children, young people and the wider community to develop and deliver projects that focus on and celebrate the innate creativity and imagination of the individual. Punchdrunk will work with Emma Miles to build a greater understanding of which aspects of their programme work well and how to measure and communicate their findings most effectively.


London Symphony Orchestra and Sam Duffy from Queen Mary University of London


Sam Duffy, Queen Mary University of London, will work with LSO Discovery to review current evaluation activity and future evaluation needs, and to bring best evaluation practice into the heart of ongoing planning and fundraising.


Institute of Contemporary Arts and Will Dutta from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


This year, the ICA will present a Reading Room exhibition entitled ‘Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s’, a display that documents the early tower block pirate radio movement that emerged around the UK during the 1980s. Will Dutta will work closely with the ICA’s creative team to identify archive material relating to experimental music and sound projects that took place at the ICA in the 1980s to be incorporated into the exhibition or related public programme.


Freud Museum London and Benjamin Poore from Queen Mary University of London


The Freud Museum‘s rich archive has been growing and developing over recent years. The recent digitisation of Freud’s large collection of antiquities offers unprecedented access to the rare and unique objects in the collection. Benjamin Poore will work with the Freud Museum to research and share the provenance of this extensive collection of fascinating objects and archive material.


DACS and Tania Phipps-Rufus from Goldsmiths, University of London


Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, DACS acts as a trusted broker for 80,000 artists worldwide. Tania Phipps-Rufus from Goldsmiths, University of London, will research various areas of the business including how their work facilitates or restricts the use of visual artists work in other sectors of the creative industries.

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Clean Break and Emily Hunka from Queen Mary University of London


Clean Break is a women’s theatre company dedicated to providing theatre-based education and training to women offenders and those at risk of offending. Emily Hunka from Queen Mary University of London will research the particular methods used by the company and evaluate how their outcomes relate to current understandings of the impact of theatre programmes on mental health.

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Ben Uri Gallery and Musuem and Lily Ford from Birkbeck University of London


The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum houses the world’s most distinguished body of work by British and European artists of Jewish descent. In July 2015 an exhibition entitled ‘Art, Identity and Migration: 100 Years of Ben Uri 1915-2015’, will be held at Somerset House, offering a rare chance to view some of the masterpieces from the museum’s collection.

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