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CREATe believes that successful copyright reform must be based first of all on incentivising innovation from SMEs and individual creators, as the true incubators of change and growth. Business models must take into account how consumers and users actually use, acquire and appropriate cultural products in the digital era, and find ways to maximise profits, growth and cultural production by acknowledging these realities. In our view, technology is not part of the problem but part of the solution. Our research programme will help creative industries within the UK become pioneers in the post web 2.0 digital era, producing not just economic growth but creative opportunities for citizens and consumers in an age where cultural production should be limited only by time and imagination.

CREATe’s research programme (2012-2017) is delivered across seven interrelated themes.

CREATe Work Packages

The initial CREATE Work Packages document (2012) can be downloaded from here.

This online poster exhibition (2014) showcases most of our projects at the mid-term stage.

The CREATe Festival (2016) exhibits the key findings from the first four years.

Research findings are continuously published in the CREATe Working Paper series, with more than 60 research papers and reports available here (2013-2017):

CREATe’s Copyright and Innovation Network was launched with AHRC Follow-on funding in May 2017.

Associated Projects (CREATe Fellows)

Associated Projects are projects that potentially make a transformative contribution to CREATe’s central themes. They have been adopted under a formal procedure. Investigators and researchers on these projects have full access to CREATe’s activities, events and devolved funding. Further details are here.

 CREATe New Funds Projects 

Two funding calls (March 2014, December 2014) and one set of direct commissions (2015/16) were issued to support new research. The main objectives for these calls were to:

  • enable CREATe to support work which addressed research gaps in a fast moving field
  • facilitate the extension of successful work with an eye to accelerating impact
  • foster opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaborations

Proposals were invited from representatives of UK higher education organisations that are part of, or affiliated with, CREATe. This included staff from any of the seven consortium member Universities or from any of CREATe’s Associated Projects. Funding of more than £470,000 has been made available to support the following research projects which were awarded following a peer review process:

  • Live media events across mobile platforms, Inge Sorensen, CCPR, University of Glasgow
  • Value of personal data privacy: Experimental approach, Piers Fleming, University of East Anglia
  • Copyright litigation in UK courts, Georg von Graevenitz, Queen Mary University of London
  • Career pathways and IP issues (London, Berlin and Milan), Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths
  • 3D Printing: Going for gold, Dinusha Mendis, University of Bournemouth
  • Business models 3D printing, Luciana D’Adderio, University of Strathclyde
  • Comparative analysis of the impact of anti-piracy systems on cultural diversity and on the mediating effect of the regulatory framework in the UK, USA and France, Sabine Jacques, University of East Anglia
  • Collective Management Organisations and Competition, Morten Hviid and Simone Schroff, University of East Anglia
  • Literature review of Korean Music Industry, Keith Negus, Goldsmiths
  • Literature Review of music industry in China, John Street, University of East Anglia
  • Literature Review Defining Value in the Videogame Industry, Tom Phillips, University of East Anglia
  • Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks, Ronan Deazley, Queen’s University Belfast,  Sarah Hepworth and Kerry Patterson, University of Glasgow Library (special collections)
  • Copyright Hub and the Emerging IP Infrastructure,  Robin Williams, Gian Marco Campagnolo and Hung The NguyenUniversity of Edinburgh
  • Business Model Innovation and IP in China: music, film, e-publishing, Xiaobai Shen and Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh
  • A field Experiment of Detriments of Unlawful file sharing, Daniel Zizzo and Piers Fleming, University of East Anglia
  • Intermediaries, Emily Laidlaw and Morten Hviid, University of East Anglia
  • Copyright Cortex (portal) and Display At Your Own Risk (exhibition), Ronan Deazley, Queen’s University Belfast and Andrea Wallace, University of Glasgow
  • Stationers’ Register Online, Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University and Giles Bergel, Oxford University
  • Oral History of Intellectual Property, Jose Bellido, University of Kent and Lionel Bently, Cambridge University
  • Improving deliberation, improving copyright, Lee Edwards and Giles Moss, University of Leeds
  • Meta-analysis 1: Future economics of the creative industries, Ruth Towse, Bournemouth University
  • Meta-analysis 2: CREATe Research on primary creatorsEalasaid Munro and Philip Schlesinger, CCPR, University of Glasgow
  • Meta-analysis 3: CREATe Research on Business models in the Creative Industries, Nicola Searle, Goldsmiths