Postgraduate (PhD) Research

PhD researchers
PhD training & CREATe Studio
PhD opportunities

CREATe at the University of Glasgow offers unique, world-class opportunities for doctoral research. We supervise PhD students working across a range of disciplines including cultural economics, empirical legal studies, intellectual property law, policy studies and studies of management of the creative industries. Our ethos for PhD training involves fostering an active cohort of researchers and including students in scholarly activities of the Centre, including conferences, impact activity and digital resource curation. For an idea of topics of interest, please see the fields outlined in our research programme. CREATe also regularly hosts visiting PhD students for periods ranging from several weeks to one year. Proposals for bold, interdisciplinary work are welcome.

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I. Information for Prospective PhD Students

There are a number of ways to pursue PhD studies with CREATe. When available, we will advertise funded PhD studentships associated with specific grants. You may browse these upcoming and previous CREATe funded PhD research opportunities on our opportunities page here.

Alternatively, prospective students may contact us with a proposal for self-funded or externally funded doctoral research. If you have a research proposal prepared and have identified potential supervisor(s), please get in touch with us using our contact information or email a member of faculty directly to discuss your interests. We encourage prospective PhD students to seek external funding as part of the application process.

II. List of current and former PhD students


Amy Thomas (PhD)
Janet Burgess (PhD)
Jiarong Zhang (PhD)
Jie Liu (PhD)
Methinee Suwannakit (PhD)
Zihao Ll (PhD)


Mr Kenny Barr (PhD)
Now Research Assistant in School of Culture and Creative Arts
Ms Megan Rae Blakely (PhD)
Now Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University
Ms Sheona Burrow (PhD)
Now Research Assistant at CREATe
Ms Victoria Stobo (PhD)
Now EnDOW Research Assistant and Lecturer at Liverpool University
Ms Andrea Wallace (PhD)
Now Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter

III. PhD Training and Capacity Building Activities

Since launching in January 2013 CREATe has led national and international capacity-building workshops, conferences and activities for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers:

  • Launch conference at Lighthouse, Glasgow launch event articulated both ambition and principles (of transparency & openness).
    It also produced raw material on which perform research (for example case studies that fed into the joint EPSRC project led by Cass Business School and Prof. Barbara Townley and Dr Nicola Searle’s Creative Economy book with OUP (2017, based on CREATe work at St. Andrew’s).
  • Edinburgh consortium conference
    Our skills development programme started with the Edinburgh conference in June 2013.
    One aim was to address lawyers’ fear of empirical work and numbers.
    Organised by Dr Smita Kheria & Martin Kretschmer. LINK: CREATe Researchers Conference and Empirical Capacity Building Event (Edinburgh, June 13-14, 2013)CREATe produced a method resource from the event:
  • Researching Creatives
    Creatives Research Resource Day 31st January 2014 (Glasgow, 31 January 2014)
    Led by Prof. Philip Schlesinger.
    This workshop considered the role of primary creators at the beginning of the production chain. Contributors discussed the difference in attitudes between music and fashion, including the perception of winner-take-all dynamics in creative industries. There was a particular focus on qualitative methods, for example collective ethnography.
  • The T in CREATe
    CREATe Researchers Conference & Technology Capacity Building Event (Nottingham Tuesday June 17th – Wednesday June 18th, 2014)
    Horizon Centre, event led by Dr Richard Mortier. workshop explored potential technical implications for upcoming legislation, ethical ramifications of near- or medium-term technology developments, studies of use of technology by creatives. It also discussed examples of copyright infringement engendered by default technology behaviour, Big Data and creativity.
  • All Hands meeting
    (Glasgow on September 15th and 16th 2014)
    Led by Prof. Lilian Edwards.
    All CREATe researchers had a change to present, and exhibit posters from their research.
    Poster exhibition:
  • The Economics of Creativity and Competition: New Markets, New Challenges
    (UEA, 4th-5th February 2015)
    Led by Prof. Morten Hviid.
    his event featured a Keynote presentation by eminent economist Joel Waldfogel: Digital Renaissance, which argued that the supply of content has increased with digitalistation.
  • EPIP 2017 (annual conference of the European Policy for IP Association)
    Major conference hosted by University of Glasgow.
    Chair: Prof. Martin Kretschmer
    Programme committee and doctoral workshop chair: Dr Kris Erickson
  • Hackathons
    In 2016, CREATe researchers Kris Erickson and Jesus Rodriguez Perez organised a series of hackathons and experimented with using the pitch competition format in academic research. We engaged with external communities of software developers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs. For example, in 2016 we organised the Copyright Visualisation Hackathon and the Open Innovation Design Jam events in Glasgow. We also participated as mentors in the EU Hackathon in Brussels and the Skills Development Scotland Hack Day.
  • Algorithms Workshop
    Organised by Professor Lilian Edwards at the University of Strathclyde.
    PhD students and early career researchers were invited to take part in the workshop which considered the legal, social and technical dimensions of algorithms and their role in governance. The event featured talks from Michael Veale (UCL), Lorna Woods (Essex), Freddie Borgesius (Amsterdam) and Thomas Höppner (Berlin).
  • Early Career Research Camp
    (4th-5th May, 2017)
    Organised by Dr Kristofer Erickson, University of Glasgow
    The two-day intensive workshop provided the opportunity to engage with emerging scholars from around the UK working on the ‘creative economy’ theme. The purpose of this event was twofold: to develop interdisciplinary research skills of young scholars and to map out future capacity-building and research needs for study of the UK creative economy.

IV. CREATe Studio reading group

CREATe Studio is an interdisciplinary series of PhD training workshops and reading groups, which allow researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds to learn new research methods and read new things, providing them an opportunity to meet with peers and share ideas. More details are available from the CREATe Studio webpage.

Previous CREATe Studio Activity: Spring 2017

CREATe Studio welcomes new researchers to come along to the following upcoming meetings:

Monday, 27 March 2017 4:00pm – 5:30 pm, CREATe Hub, room 404, 10 The Square

‘Academic Research as a Commons and Universities as Common Pool Resources’

Presentation by Dr. Elisa Cortu, University of Venice
As knowledge and scientific research become increasingly valuable, intellectual property has spread as a hegemonic model of private management of intangible resources and universities have been developing their own business models. Within the legal discourse, these trends find a further explanation in the way some rhetorical arguments have developed: the strong protection of exclusive rights becomes the mandatory instrument to promote research, while the formal procedures of evaluation, often based on mere quantitative methods, appear the necessary premise to ensure the highest quality of research. This often causes the concentration of power in the hands of few people, resulting in a rigidly compliant research environment and a limited access to knowledge. A solution to this problem may be found in the theory of the commons, which implies a shift from efficiency to cooperation, from exclusion to sharing, from individualism to solidarity. The idea of universities as common pool resources and research output as commons could be the way to challenge hierarchy and promote a process of democratic participation across the academic system.

Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 3:30 – 5:30pm (CREATe Hub, room 404, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow),

‘Writing and publishing interdisciplinary research’
Academic publishing is undergoing profound transformations and faces challenges from digitalization, the embrace of open access, and data-driven forms of investigation and inquiry. In the context of these changes, publications remain the currency of academic career progression. How can early career researchers navigate the requirements of academic publication, with the additional challenge of interdisciplinary? We will discuss examples of effective strategies from law, economics and social science, with senior researchers on hand to provide advice about the publication process.

Resources for discussion:
R. Towse (2015). ‘Literature reviews as a means of communicating progress in research.’ CREATe Working Paper 14/7
Nolin, J. M. (2011). ‘Boundaries of research disciplines are paper constructs: Digital Web-based information as a challenge to disciplinary research.’ First Monday, 16(11).

Tuesday 14th February 2017 3:30pm – 5:30 pm, CREATe Hub, room 404, 10 The Square

‘Methods for investigating digital platforms: algorithms and affordances’
The purpose of this meeting is to share and discuss techniques and methodological challenges related to investigating culture industries in online settings. CREATe researchers will share recent research design processes for investigating behavior on YouTube, Amazon and Kickstarter. Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions related to their own online research challenges for group discussion. The readings below provide context and theoretical underpinning for understanding the ‘method as the message’ in online research.

Resources for discussion:

T. Bucher and A. Helmond (forthcoming). ‘The Affordances of Social Media Platforms.’ The SAGE Handbook of Social Media. Ed. Jean Burgess, Thomas Poell, and Alice Marwick. London and New York: SAGE Publications Ltd.

B. Rieder (2016). ‘Scrutinizing an Algorithmic Technique: The Bayes Classifier as Interested Reading of Reality.’ Information, Communication & Society 0.0: 1–18.

E. Weltevrede and E. Borra (2016). ‘Platform affordances and data practices: The value of dispute on Wikipedia.’ Big Data & Society 3(1).

V. More CREATe PhD and Postgraduate Resources