Professor Mark Banks

Professor of Culture and Communication

Director of CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies  

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t: @markoliverbanks

tel: 0116 229 7222

BA Salford
PhD Lancaster


Cultural and creative industries; music, arts, media and popular culture; cultural policy

Most of my research is concerned with the relationships between culture and economy, mainly in the context of the cultural industries. I’m especially interested in issues of cultural work in relation to identity, access and opportunity, social justice, and moral economy.

In 2016 I co-founded and became Director of the University's new CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies - an interdisciplinary initiative that explores the changing productive dynamics of the cultural and creative industries, cultural consumption, media and arts. More details@:  

Currently I’m working on ideas of 'creative justice' - how the cultural industries might be made more equal and equitable - as well as exploring ideas of intensity and excess in cultural work. Recent work has focussed on the changing character of art school education, ideas of value in cultural work, and race and equality in the music industry. I also completed the report 'Cultural Industries, Work and Values' for the AHRC Cultural Value Project - available here:

Before coming to Leicester I worked in Sociology Departments at The Open University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Main Publications


Banks, M. (2017) Creative Justice: Cultural Industries, Work and Inequality. Rowman & Littlefield, London.

Banks, M., Gill, R. and Taylor. S (eds.) (2013) Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries. Routledge, London

Banks, M. and Barnett, C. (eds.) (2012) The Uses of Social Science. Open University, Milton Keynes.

Banks, M. (2007) The Politics of Cultural Work. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.



Banks, M and Oakley, K. (2015) The Dance Goes on Forever? Art Schools, Class and UK Higher Education, International Journal of Cultural Policy 22, 1, 41-57.

Banks, M. (2014) Being in the Zone of Cultural Work, Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, (special issue, ‘Capitalism: Current Crisis and Cultural Critique’, Fornas, J. (ed.)

Banks, M. (2013) Creative Cities, Counter-Finance and the Aesthetics of Exchange: Copenhagen’s Artmoney Project, Cities, (special issue ‘Creative Cities After The Fall of Finance’ Pratt, A and Indergaard, M. (eds.) 33, 36-42

Banks, M. (2012) MacIntyre, Bourdieu and the Practice of Jazz, Popular Music, 31, 1 , 69-86

Banks, M. (2011) The Colours of Money: Artmoney as Community Currency, International Journal of Community Currency Research 15, 77-81.

Banks, M. and Milestone, K. (2011) Individualization, Gender and Cultural Work. Gender, Work and Organization Special Issue on ‘The New Economy’. 18, 1, 73-89

Banks, M. (2010) Craft Labour and Creative Industries, International Journal of Cultural Policy 16, 3, 305-322.

Banks, M (2010) Autonomy Guaranteed? Cultural Work and the ‘Art-Commerce’ Relation, Journal for Cultural Research 14, 3, 251-269.

Banks, M and O’Connor, J. (2009) After the Creative Industries. International Journal of Cultural Policy (Special Issue) ‘After the Creative Industries’ 15, 4, 365-373

Banks, M and Hesmondhalgh, D. (2009) Looking for Work in Creative Industries Policy. International Journal of Cultural Policy (Special Issue) ‘After the Creative Industries’ 15, 4, 415-430.

Banks, M. (2009) Fit and Working Again: The Instrumental Leisure of the Creative Class. Environment and Planning A 41, 3, 668-681

Banks, M. (2006) Moral Economy and Cultural Work. Sociology. 40 3 455-472.



Ashton, H. and Banks, M. (2017) Step into the Zone: Career Dancers, Cultural Work and Intensity, in Jordan, T., Woodward, K. and McClure, B. Culture, Identity and Intense Performativity: Being in the Zone. Routledge, London. 

Banks, M and Oakley, K (2015) Class, Art Workers and the Myth of Mobility, in Maxwell, R. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media. Routledge London and New York.

Banks, M. (2015) The Value of Cultural Industries in Oakley, K. And O’Connor, J (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Routledge, London.  

Banks, M. and Toynbee, J. (2014) Race, Consecration and the ‘Music Outside’? The Making of the British Jazz Avant-Garde 1968-1973, in Tackley, C., Doffman, M. and Toynbee, J. (eds.) Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership, Performance. Ashgate, Aldershot.

Banks, M., Gill, R. And Taylor, S. (2013) Cultural Work, Time and Trajectory, in Banks, M., Gill, R. And Taylor, S. (eds.) Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries. Routledge, London.

Bassett, K., Smith, I., Banks, M. and O’Connor, J. (2005) Urban Dilemmas of Competition and Cohesion in Cultural Policy. In Buck, N. et al (eds.) Changing Cities: Rethinking Urban Competitiveness, Cohesion and Governance. Palgrave, London.


Banks. M. (2014) Cultural Industries, Work and Values, Critical Review, AHRC Cultural Value Project.

Banks, M., Ebrey, J. And Toynbee J. (2014) Black British Jazz: A Working Lives Survey, Open University and Jazz Services.



I teach MS7211 The Cultural Industries: Theory, Policy & Practice.

I have taught widely in sociology and cultural and media studies, and while at the Open University co-chaired the production of the OU course DD206 The Uses of Social Science.

Currently I’m supervising PhD students in areas related to cultural work and policy – including projects on social media, expertise and cultural work; Colombian television production; Chinese creative industries, and the sociology of branding; I welcome new enquiries from prospective students.


Other activities

I have wide experience of working and managing on ESRC, AHRC, and European-funded research projects, organising events, editing, reviewing and external examining.

In 2015 I was appointed as Visiting Professor in the Department of Commercial Music at the University of Westminster.



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