Creativity, Knowledge, Cities Conference

July 4-5 2018

Bristol, UK

Creativity, Knowledge, Cities is a two-day event exploring the contradictions at the heart of relationships between universities and the creative sector.

Held at Watershed, the Southwest’s leading film and digital media centre, the conference provides an opportunity to engage in dialogue with leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners while experiencing one of Bristol’s vibrant cultural scenes.

Confirmed keynote panellists include:

  • Keri Facer, Professor of Educational & Social Futures, University of Bristol
  • Sebastian Olma, Professor of Autonomy at Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design & Technology, Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • Andy Pratt, Director, Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City University of London.

We are seeking proposals for papers, panels, roundtables discussions and interactive workshops, exploring the following indicative themes:

  • The third mission and creative economies
  • The role of critical research, and post/ anti-disciplinary approaches
  • The university and creative economy as policy objects
  • The university’s role in creative networks
  • From STEM to STEAM
  • Participation, inclusivity and talent
  • Universities, CCIs and intellectual property
  • Open access and digital divides
  • Collaboration and knowledge exchange
  • Internationalisation beyond export
  • Ecosystems, networks and value
  • Universities and the city fabric: regeneration, gentrification and placemaking
  • Rural-Urban university networks
  • Social engagement and everyday creativity

Abstract deadline is 2 March 2018.

For more information, please visit the conference website at or email

Creativity, Knowledge, Cities is organised by the Creative Economy Unit, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol