Dr Lauren England


Art and Design Office, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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Dr Lauren England is a Baxter Fellow in Creative Economies at the University of Dundee. Her research explores creative ecologies in both Global North and Global South contexts, with a focus on the craft sector. Lauren conducted her PhD at King’s College London in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries as a collaborative doctorate with Crafts Council UK (2016-2020). She joined the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in the summer of 2020 and is currently taking part in the New Scholars Fellowship scheme in Creative Ecologies run by Bristol & Bath Creative R&D. Lauren’s research is interdisciplinary and her recent projects include investigating the work of fashion designers in Africa; addressing the impact of Covid-19 on creative higher education; exploring Circular Economy opportunities for designer-makers, and investigating the impact of Covid-19 on the working lives of female artists in the UK. She has published research on professional development in craft higher education and early-career entrepreneurship, creative economies in Africa, craft skills evolution in post-industrial regions, creative social enterprises and precarious work in the creative economy.


Research interests include:

  • Craft entrepreneurship and the organisation of craft firms
  • Sustainability and the Circular Economy in creative industries contexts
  • Higher education and the creative economy, including pedagogical practices and creative graduates
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in developing economies, focusing on Africa
  • The role of creative intermediaries in the creative economy
  • Inequalities and precarity in cultural work


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