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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: