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 the forthcoming book Creative Justice (2017). He has led and worked on a number of relevant projects including those funded by the AHRC, ESRC and European Social Fund.

In addition to his work as CAMEo Director, Mark is part of the project team for CAMEo’s Diversity Meta-Analysis for the British Film Institute  and co-leads the AHRC Bass Culture project . Mark also leads CAMEo’s Research Strand Cultural Policy and Creative Economy.

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.

Dr Chris Land

Reader, University of Leicester School of Business

Chris has researched, taught, and published on a range of creative and cultural industries topics, including the political economy of social media, evaluation practices in the arts, creativity in co-working spaces, academic publishing, and craft-work and brand communications in the brewing industry. He has previously worked with industry networks through the Innovation, Knowledge and Organisational Networks research unit at Warwick Business School, combining practitioner networks and academic research, and worked on pro-bono consulting projects with artists’ studios and education providers to support them in organisational development work. Chris’ practical concerns with organising cultural production have led him to set up an open access academic journal - ephemera: theory and politics in organization - and co-operate a small academic publisher, Mayfly Books. As well as researching the cultural industries, Chris has an ongoing interest in representations of work and organisation in cultural texts, and has published on the novels of Haruki Murakami and William S Burroughs, as well as methodological papers on the uses and abuses of literature in organisational analysis.

Chris leads on CAMEo’s Cultural Publics programme.

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.

Dr Jennifer Smith Maguire

Associate Professor, University of Leicester School of Business

Jennifer Smith Maguire has researched and published widely on how processes of cultural production and consumption intersect in the construction of markets, tastes and value, especially in relation to drink and food. Since 2010, she has been the co-director of the Cultural Production and Consumption (CP&C) Research Group . She has led research on small-scale winemakers and market intermediaries (funded by La Région Champagne-Ardenne/ERC 7th Framework Programme, and the University of Leicester College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Development Fund), co-led research on regional and micro brewers (funded by ERDF Innovation Partnership and ERDF Research Support Accelerator schemes), and co-led an academic/practitioner workshop on sustainability in food and fashion (funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies). Jennifer is also co-director of the ‘Craft and the Artisanal’ research cluster of the Drinking Studies Network, and Deputy Dean of the School of Business.

Jennifer leads CAMEo’s Research Strand Cultural Production and Consumption.

Professor Helen Wood

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

Helen Wood has published extensively on television, audiences and cultural studies with a particular interest in formations of class and gender. Her research attempts to understand the workings of texts in social life, producing innovations which include the ‘text-in-action’ method which can be found in the book Talking With Television (2009). She has completed an ESRC-funded project with Beverley Skeggs on the class politics of reality television which resulted in the book Reacting to Reality Television (2012) and an AHRC- funded project on ‘A History of Television for Women in Britain’ with Rachel Moseley and Helen Wheatley and culminated in the edited book Television for Women: New Directions (2016). Helen is editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies and on the board of the international feminist media organisation Console-ing Passions.

Helen currently leads the CAMEo Research strand: Texts and Trends.

Isobel Woodliffe, CAMEo Administrator

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

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