Creative Industries Research Network South is a group of researchers interested in the creative industries in the Hampshire and Solent sub-region. The network aims to bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to promote knowledge exchange and new research collaborations.

Upcoming Events


Growing Hampshire's Creative Economy
Monday 21st November 2016 at The Point, Eastleigh

A free conference and networking event for academics, local authority officers, economic development managers, business people and arts professionals interested in promoting the creative industries and growing Hampshire's creative economy.

09.00    Arrivals and refreshments
09.30    Welcome and introduction
09.45    Session 1: Place making

Dr Brian J. Hracs (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Southampton)
Dr Alexandra Reynolds (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Southampton Solent University)
Chaired by Simon Eden (Public Policy, Leadership & Management Consultant)

10.45    Break and networking
11.15    Session 2: Talent progression and development
Jane Bryant (Chief Executive, Artswork)
Dr Roberta Comunian (Lecturer in Cultural & Creative Industries, King’s College London)
Chair TBC

12.15    Session 3: Entrepreneurship
Dr Carol Ekinsmyth (Principle Lecturer in Geography, University of Portsmouth)
Dr Julie Brown (Lecturer in Creative Enterprise, Southampton Solent University)
Paul Spencer (PhD Researcher, University of Winchester)
Chaired by Professor Suzanne Dixon (Director of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Southampton Solent University)

13.15    Lunch
14.30    Session 4: The contribution of the sector to the Hampshire economy

Charles Freeman (Creative Network South Coordinator)
Elaine Rust (PhD Researcher, University of Southampton & Associate Lecturer, University of Portsmouth)
Chaired by Dr Cheryl Butler (Head of Culture & Creative Industries, Eastleigh Borough Council)

15.30    Final comments and close

For more information and to book your place click here.



Creative Industries Research Network South, Meeting 4

Friday 11th March, 10am-12noon

University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Room 0.28, Hampshire, PO1 2UP

Our first meeting of 2016 will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth and the theme will be ‘creative people and creative partnerships’.


Speakers include:


Dr Philip Ely

Student Enterprise Manager | Philip will discuss research into graduates and businesses as well as how the Cell Block Studios support local creative entrepreneurs


Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

Principle Lecturer in Geography | Carol will discuss her research into female entrepreneurs working in the creative industries


Steve Jones

Business Associate | Steve will talk about creative industries initiatives and partnerships at the University of Portsmouth.


Charles Freeman

Coordinator of Creative Network South | Advisor to Ravensbourne on SEEDS (Self Employment Entrepreneurship and Diversity)

& Amy Doyle

Research and Innovation Support Officer | Coordinator of the Female Entrepreneurs Network


Charles will discuss his work with Creative Network South and the Ravensbourne SEEDS project. Then Charles and Amy will discuss partnerships between Creative Network South and the University of Portsmouth as well as the upcoming launch of the new Creative United programme in our local region.



Creative Industries Research Network South, Meeting 3

Friday 30th October, 10am-12noon

University of Southampton, Building 67 (Nightingale Building), Room 1003, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ 

Our first meeting was held at Southampton Solent University and our second at University of Winchester. The third meeting will be hosted by University of Southampton and the theme will be ‘places and spaces’. 


Speakers include:


Daniel Crow

Director of A Space Arts, providing workspaces for professional artists and creative practitioners in Southampton and Eastleigh / Coordinator of Studio Providers Network South.


Rebecca Kinge

Coordinator of Dangerous Ideas Southampton / Community Organiser for creative community projects and urban regeneration.


Dr Brian J. Hracs

Lecturer in Human Geography / Brian is interested in the creative economy and the flows of talent within and between cities and will discuss how Southampton and wider Hampshire can develop the right conditions to retain local creative talent and attract new talent from further afield.


Dr Suzanne Reimer

Associate Professor in Human Geography / Suzanne will discuss partnership working between HEIs and creative organisations and will present a recent AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award application submitted by University of Southampton and The Point Theatre entitled Understanding Temporary Artistic Events: Creative Economies at the Eastleigh Unwrapped festival


Creative Industries Research Network South, Meeting 2

Tuesday 28th July, 10am-12noon

University of Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR


Our first meeting was held at Southampton Solent University in April (please find meeting notes attached) and our second meeting will be hosted at University of Winchester. The theme will be graduate retention and creative industries start-up support. The exact location at Winchester and a detailed agenda will be published in due course.


Speakers include:


Professor Anthony Dean (TBC)

Dean of the Faculty of Arts


Stephen Hall

Programme Leader for Drama, Faculty of Arts / Involved in various performance projects / Provides support to graduate artists and companies working in performing arts.


Vicki Hargreaves

Winchester graduate / Artistic Director of Commotion Dance / Dance Development Manager at The Point, Eastleigh.


Dr John Richardson

Senior Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation Management, Winchester Business School / Programme manager for several innovation networks bringing university support to small businesses / Currently developing IP Create, a student driven IP support service for creative individuals and businesses.


Steven Northam

Senior Lecturer in Business Management, Winchester Business School / Director of SN Technologies Limited / Director of IncuHive, business incubation, investment and collaboration.