ICE Public Lecture – Professor Kate Oakley, University of Leeds

3rd Feb 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Creative Edge

Kate Oakley

Cultural Policies, Regional Development and Inequalities

Professor Oakley will be in conversation about Cultural Policies, Regional Development and Inequalities drawing on her extensive research into the recent culture of New Labour, whilst also posing questions about what might be the culture of the Northern Powerhouse.

Kate will be joined in conversation by Eddie Berg, Creative Consultant, previously Director of BFI Southbank in London; Founder/ former CEO FACT, Liverpool.

Kate is Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include the politics of cultural policy, work in the cultural industries, and regional development.

Her recent books include the 2014  ‘Cultural Policy‘, co-written with David Bell; and in 2015  ‘Culture, Economy and Politics – The Case of New Labour‘ with David Hesmondhalgh, David Lee, and Melissa Nisbett, which provides a major contribution to our understanding of the policy, politics, culture and the arts, via a case study of the UK New Labour government’s cultural policies (1997-2010).  ‘Culture, Economy and Politics’ makes use of extensive interviews with major players, including senior politicians, civil servants and arts administrators, drawing on previously unexamined documents, and on a wide range of social and political theory, whilst also illustrating the problems of pursuing social justice in the realm of arts and culture, and in public policy, in an era, in which economic goals dominate government agenda.


  • 5.45pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.30pm – Lecture
  • 7.30pm – Reception and Networking

Further information is available here

Presented by the Institute for Creative Enterprise


This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Details of all events can be found here