Andy has a BSc (Hons.) Geography from Huddersfield University (1981), a PhD from Exeter University (1989), and a DLitt. from King’s College London (2015).

Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (FAcSS); a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), and a Certified Geographer (C.Geog).

He has worked in local radio and as an academic researcher. He has held academic appointments previously at Coventry University (Planning and Local Economic Development), Staffordshire University (Geography), University College London (Bartlett School of Planning) before joining LSE in 1998-2009, he established the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College, London (2009-13). He began at City University in 2013 in the Department of Culture and Creative Industries; this is now the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries located in the Dpeartment of Sociology.

A full CV is available here; publications list here a short Biography here.

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A central research interest is with the cultural, or creative, economy: its location, operation, governance and policy. Beyond this Andy specialises in the social organisation of economic development, cities and economic space. Current research is concerned with the social aspects of the economic processes of agglomeration (institutions and networks), which involves both work on 'industrial policy, creativity and innovation' and economic organisation. A recent interest is with the ‘reputation economy’ of ‘cultural clusters’. His work is underpinned by a concern with the grounding of all activities in 'everyday life'. In this sense he is very concerned with the interrelationships between and across the binaries culture-economy, production-reproduction, and production-consumption.


Andy has worked, amongst others, as a consultant or advisor for the London Development Agency, South East Development Agency, the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Department of Trade and Industry, NESTA. Outside the UK: Hong Kong SAR, Barcelona, Catalunya, Bilbao; the EU, UNESCO, and UNCTAD.

Advisory Boards

Member of the Steering Committee on the European Cultural Creative Summit , 2009

Member of Forum on the Creative Industries

Advisory Board: Media Industries Research Centre, Leeds University

Advisory Board: German Marshall Fund, Transatlantic cities network

Member of GLA London Cultural Reference Group

Editorial Board: Geoforum (2003-9), City, Space and Society (2009- ); Editor (2013- )

Member of the advisory group of the HEIF funded project Researching Cultural and Creative Industries in London (RCCIL) web-based database

Member of the Culture Equality Group

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