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25th April, 2013

Dr Andy Pratt

Reader in Urban Cultural Economy, Department of Geography, London School of Economics.

Andy is an internationally acclaimed expert on the topic of the cultural industries. He has published over 80 books, chapters and articles. He has guest edited several special issues of international journals on the cultural industries: International Journal of Cultural Policy, Growth and Change and forthcoming special issues of Theory, Culture and Society; and Information, Communication and Society.

Andy specialises in the analysis of the cultural industries in the US, Europe and Japan. This research has three strands. The first focuses on the spatial clustering of cultural industries with particular attention to New York, San Francisco, London and Tokyo. The second strand concerns the definition and measurement of employment in the cultural, or creative, industries.

Andy has produced definitions of the cultural sector that has been taken up and used as standard measures by national and regional agencies in the UK and internationally (UNCTAD and UNESCO); he is currently working on an international comparative measure of employment in the cultural industries. The third strand is the development and analysis of policy for the cultural industries.

Recent research projects include (all three funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council):

• The film and television industry production chain in the UK
• New media clusters in the UK
• Cultural industries seminar network

Andy founded the MSc Contemporary Urbanism programme, and continues to be its director.



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