PhD project

Creating Futures (Project 2) – Exploring young children’s perceptions of the creative industries and future careers in the field

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Application deadline

31 October 2023

Principal Supervisor

Dr Anna Robb

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The role of the creative industries in future economies is ever-increasing and there is growing interest in how children and young people access and develop careers in this field. Key to this is the support that children and young people receive during their time at school. This research project specifically seeks to explore the thoughts and perceptions of children aged 4-11 regarding the creative industries and the notion of this as a career option. It will also explore their experiences of the teaching of the curriculum in relation to the creative industries, particularly in relation to the expressive arts and technology.

This is an under-researched area and there are therefore a variety of ways that the topic could be approached. We are keen to hear from people with an interest in qualitative and participatory approaches and the bricolage, as well as those with an interest in creative methodologies and methods. An interest in children’s voices in research would also be beneficial.

We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates who are prepared to take a leading role in the project. We envisage students having a background in Education or a relevant subject (e.g. arts education, the arts, humanities, business and management). The specialisation in the research degree would be in Education, and the project would be suitable for a PhD or a Professional Doctorate (DEd) degree.

How to apply

  1. Email Dr Anna Robb ( to:
    • send a copy of your CV
    • discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Dr Robb, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. Further information and application instructions can be found at the relevant link below:
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