Creative Economies Africa


The CoRE is a research framework linking African and European academic research partners. If you are interested in building involved, please contact us.

CoRE Leads Departments

King’s College London. The African Leadership Centre (ALC) was established in Nairobi Kenya on the 24th June 2010 as an educational trust under Kenyan law, and in partnership with King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. It aims to train a new community of leaders generating cutting-edge knowledge for peace, security and development in Africa. Academics Involved: Dr Eka Ikpe, Reader in Development Economics in Africa and Director of the African Leadership Centre. The Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) is a vibrant, research-led department that approaches a new subject area with traditional academic rigour.
We specialise in the relationship between all three of culture, media and the creative industries -from the origins of the first through the development of the second and the energy of the third. We approach all these from a variety of different perspectives, achieving both breadth in scope and depth in specialisation. Our academic staff are drawn from various disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences, focusing our collective expertise together from a range of complementary and converging viewpoints. Academics Involved: Prof. Roberta Comunian, Professor of Creative Economies; Dr Lauren England, Lecturer in Creative Economies; Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez.

Rhodes University. Rhodes University is a public research university located in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is one of the oldest universities in the country and is noted for its research excellence. The Department of Economics has a research focus area in cultural economics, including cultural mapping studies, international trade in cultural goods and services, and economic impact of cultural festivals. Rhodes University as also a research partner with The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO). SACO is a national research organisation funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. It is hosted by the Nelson Mandela University, with partner universities, of which Rhodes University is one. The mandate of SACO is to provide up-to-date, policy and industry-relevant data on the cultural and creative industries in South Africa. Academics Involved: Professor Jen Snowball, Professor of Economics; Dr Fiona Drummon, post-doctoral student; Dr Jama Sibanda, Senior Lecturer (Drama); Dr Pascall Taruvinga; Mr Delon Tarentaal; Ms Nicolette Cattaneo.

University of Lagos. Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos has, for over 5 decades, provided qualitative and research-oriented education to Nigerians and all those who have entered its domain in search of knowledge. The Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos was founded in 1997. It evolved from the Centre for Cultural Studies of the University of Lagos. It comprises Theatre Arts, Music and the Visual Arts. This platform has been opened to provide information about the programs in the department. The Department has recently moved into its new complex near the Faculty of Social Sciences and is the only Department in the Faculty of Arts with its own building. Academics Involved: Professor Duro Oni, Professor of Theatre Arts; Dr Cornelius Onyekaba.

Other ARUA Universities Partners

University of Cape Coast. The University of Cape Coast was established out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower for Ghana’s second-cycle institutions. Today, with the expansion of some of its Faculties/Schools and the diversification of programmes, the University has the capacity to meet the manpower needs of other ministries and industries in the country through programmes like Theatre and Film Studies. Since its decoupling from the Department of Music in 2009, the Department of Theatre and Film Studies boasts of an Academic Programme that is strongly positioned for innovative teaching, research, outreach and professional development in the performing arts in particular and the creative arts in general. It aims to foster multicultural understanding through research, publication and practice. It provides spaces for the production of graduates who will project Ghanaian/other cultural and creative arts forms through research, documentation and production for the revival of the cultural and creative economy. Academics Involved: Dr Madinatu Bello Lecturer; Dr Promise Nyatepeh Nyatuame; Dr Amos Darkwah Asare; Dr Eric Debrah Otchere; Dr Albert Dennis.

University of Nairobi: Department of Art and Design. Academics Involved: Mrs Joanne Mosomi

Witwatersrand University: Wits School of Arts. Cultural Policy and Management (CPM) is one of nine departments in the Wits School of Arts, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Also known as Wits, the university is one of South Africa’s foremost public research universities. The university is in the city of Johannesburg, the economic heart of the country. CPM offers postgraduate and undergraduate courses in the diverse and exciting world of cultural policy, cultural economy, city making, cultural management, cultural leadership and activism, cultural administration, and arts marketing. The postgraduate degrees are aimed at recent graduates in the creative sector and mid-career professionals aiming to consolidate their grasp and practice of the field. Academics Involved: Ms Avril Joffe; Dr Kgomotso Moshugi; Dr Akhona Ndzuta.

University of Ghana Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management and Department of Sociology. Academics Involved: Prof. Mohammed-Aminu Sanda and Prof. Akosua K. Darkwah.

Stellenbosch University Department of Economic and Management Sciences, Academics Involved: Prof. Michael A. Graham.

The Guild Universities Partners

Aarhus University. The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University is one of nine departments within the School of Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Arts. The department has eight research centers that focus on consolidating and furthering its expertise in the investigation of the accelerating developments in media and journalism and the ensuing questions that these raise in relation to diverse societal developments. A core field of interest in the department at the moment is the examination of the developments in and implications of the ongoing digital evolution. Through its seven degree and supplementary programmes on BA, MA and PhD level, the department offers a research-based education which examines from a historical and current perspective, the content, organization, functioning and uses of media and journalism in national and international contexts. Dr Teke Ngomba
Department of Anthropology Dr Nanna Schneiderman.

Other Academics in the network

Dr Brian Hracs, Associate Professor in Human Geography within the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Dr Robert Prey, Assistant Professor at the Center for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen.

Dr Irma Booyens, Senior lecturer in the Work, Employment and Organisation, Strathclyde Business School.

Dr. Thulaganyo Tony Mogobe, Lecturer, Visual and Performing Arts, University of Botswana.

Other Policy and Sector Partners

British Council

World Cities Cultural Forum