Brian is an Associate Professor within the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. He is originally from Canada and received his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto. He has held research fellowships at the Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto and the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University in Sweden. Brian is interested in how digital technologies and global competition are reshaping the marketplace for cultural products and the working lives and spatial dynamics of entrepreneurs and intermediaries in the creative economy. He has published articles about the contemporary music industry, the Canadian fashion system, aesthetic labour, cultural intermediaries, curation, value creation, the linkages between music and fashion and the factors that motivate 'talent' to move within and between cities. In earlier research, Brian has also examined culturally-driven strategies for economic development in rural communities, gentrification in artistic quarters and the role public spaces play in fostering civic conversations. His co-edited book entitled ‘The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age’ was recently published by Routledge. Brian co-created the annual European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy (CCE) and is currently researching the processes and spatial dynamics of curation, the trans-local nature of cultural scenes and creative economies in Africa.
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