CAMEo Team

Professor Mark Banks, CAMEo Director

Professor of Culture and Communication, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

Mark Banks specialises in research on the cultural and creative industries, especially cultural work, practice and policy. He has written extensively about experiences and measures of work and employment in the arts and cultural sector. He is the author of The Politics of Cultural Work (2007) and Creative Justice: Cultural Industries, Work and Inequality (2017). He has led and worked on a number of relevant projects including those funded by the AHRC, ESRC and European Social Fund. Mark also leads CAMEo’s Research Strand Cultural Policy and Creative Economy. Currently he is writing about the limits to ideas of ‘creative growth’ and cultural work, careers and time.

Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof, CAMEo Deputy Director

Associate Professor, University of Leicester School of Business

Doris Ruth Eikhof has worked and published extensively on careers and employment of cultural workers, focusing in particular on career management, self-entrepreneurship and workforce diversity and how they interlink, e.g., with cultural organisations’ business models and cultural policy.  Since 2009 she has led 14 funded research projects including a large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research consortium for the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland funded by the AHRC, Nesta and Creative Scotland. Further contract research included projects for the British Film Institute, Creative Scotland, Stills Gallery, Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Mugdock Makkers. A former HR officer herself, Doris has ample experience in working with practitioners and policy makers.

Doris currently co-leads CAMEo’s Diversity Meta-Analysis for the British Film Institute  and leads CAMEo’s Research Strand Cultural Work, Labour and Employment.

Research Associates

Dr Stevie Marsden

Research Associate, CAMEo

Stevie specialises in literary award culture, with a focus on how it intersects with gender, cultural and economic value, and the publishing industry. Her doctoral thesis, ‘The Saltire Society Literary Awards, A Cultural History: 1936-2015’, was completed in October 2016 and is the first comprehensive analysis of the Saltire Society Literary Awards, Scotland’s oldest series of book awards. Completing her doctoral research through an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, Stevie worked alongside the Saltire Society in the development and administration of the awards. During her time with the Society, Stevie assisted in the progression of the Society’s Literary Awards schema, advising on the introduction of new awards and contributing to the founding of the Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland Award and #ScotLitFest, Scotland’s biggest online literary festival. Stevie has written articles for The Conversation about the Man Booker Prize and is developing further publications from her thesis and other research interests, including the Zoella Book Club and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She has spoken at a number of major national and international conferences and received the British Federation for Women Graduates Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship in 2014.

Dr Paula Serafini

Research Associate, CAMEo

Paula’s background is in art history, anthropology and cultural studies, and her work is concerned with the relation between aesthetics and politics. Her PhD (King’s College London, 2016) was an ethnographic study of art activism in the UK, focusing on the processes and politics of performance as a political practice. Her work has been published in journals such as Third Text and Anarchist Studies, and she is currently working on a monograph titled Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism and co-editing the volume artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism with Alberto Cossu and Jessica Holtaway. Prior to her post at University of Leicester Paula taught at King’s College London, Middlesex University and University of Westminster. She was also a Knowledge Exchange Associate for the Cultural Institute at King’s, and has worked with a number of cultural organisations in the UK as a curator and arts educator. Paula has recently been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant for conducting research on media and creative practices of resistance to the extractive industries in Argentina.

Research Fellows

Dr Antoinette Burchill

AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow

Dr Antoinette Burchill is a visual artist, mischief-maker and interdisciplinary researcher. She has been a professional artist since 1995 and holds a BA in Fine Art (University of Derby, 1998), MA in Art and the Public Sphere (Loughborough University, 2013) and a PhD (Loughborough University, 2018). Her doctoral thesis Exploring Agonism with Mischief: Participatory Performance in the Public Realm examined Chantal Mouffe’s application of agonism through art practice. Antoinette’s research interests focus on art, participation, politicised practice, and public engagement in the public realm. She has performed at street arts festivals including Mintfest, Bedlam Fair, Derby Festé, Devizes International Street Festival, and Widcombe Rising. In 2015 she founded Freckled Mischief Street Theatre. Her enterprising research, often in the form of guerrilla street theatre, delivers social, cultural and economic impacts. Alongside her role at CAMEo, she also teaches in Fine Art Studio Practice, and Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough University. Antoinette works on the project ‘It Takes a Region to Make an Artist’: Researching and Developing the East Midlands Visual Arts Economy – an AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship undertaken with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network Midlands (CVAN EM). Follow the project’s journey with #ItTakesARegionTo

Graduate Research Assistants

Isaac Hoff

Graduate Research Assistant

Isaac completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of York, and then worked in the utilities industry for a year. During that period he decided to return to education and completed a Masters degree in Media, Culture and Society at the University of Leicester. Isaac’s PhD focusses on the relationship between masculine identities and their relationship to changing formations of work, and what young men draw upon as resources in the making of their identities. Isaac is interested in this as a classed process, rooted in particular spaces.

Kerry Norman

Graduate Research Assistant

Kerry graduated with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Since then he has worked in a number of roles including as a manager in the corporate research and business information sector, as a performing arts teacher and also as a full-time performer in the live entertainment industry. His PhD looks at structural and social barriers for creative workers with disabilities and neurodiversity, with a particular focus on performing arts, where Kerry’s own experience lies.

Christina Williams

Graduate Research Assistant

Tina’s background is in sociology and cultural studies, and her work has been published in the journal Popular Music. She has worked in education research and as Head of Research for a company specialising in research for professional bodies, with a focus on professional development, professional ethics, and membership. Her PhD topic is authors of fiction, how they make a living and what kinds of communities of practice they belong to, with a particular concern for women’s experiences. She is interested in cultural labour; the creation/production/reception of popular culture; language and identity.

Research Students

Ayeta Anne Wangusa

Research student

Ayeta has worked as a practitioner in the print media and as media advisor for an international development organization in the Republic of Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania, respectively. She is the current Executive Director of Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA), a creative think tank in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a member of the UNESCO Expert Facility for the 2005 Convention and a steering committee member of African Cultural Policy Network (ACPN). Ayeta is a PhD student in Media and Communication Research in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology. Her PhD is taking practice as a research approach to establish if creative entrepreneurs in selected creative hubs in the East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala integrate Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) objectives in their production and manufacturing processes and urban regeneration activities. Ayeta’s research will establish if there is co-relation between national cultural policies and the industrialization development agendas of the Republic of Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Uganda. She will frame policy recommendations that offer opportunities for creative entrepreneurs in the design sector to be able to contribute towards a circular economy and the urban regeneration of the three East African cities.

George Fleming

Research Student

George is a filmmaker and media practitioner. His work has included television documentaries, sports programming, short films and feature film writing. He has extensive experience of developing film and media projects with broadcasters, community organisations, blue chip companies, arts bodies and educational establishments. Before joining the University of Leicester George was Artistic Director of Reel Access Limited, a  not-for-profit organisation based in Birmingham. He has worked with young adults in both formal and informal educational settings, helping develop their professional practice. George is a Teaching Fellow in Media Practice in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology. He continues to be a successful practitioner. George’s PhD is taking a Practice as Research approach and is focusing on participatory and community arts within Birmingham, examining the impact of the financial crash on not-for-profit organisations and the cultural worker.

CAMEo Administration

Isobel Woodliffe, CAMEo Administrator

Isobel is the CAMEo Administrator and provides operational support to its Directorate and the Institute overall.

Priyanka Ferriera, Administrative Assistant

Priyanka provides operational assistance for research and engagement activities.


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