David Hesmondhalgh will discuss a variety of issues surrounding public funding of culture, media and the arts. In particular he reports on research about developments in UK public policy towards culture over the last 20 years.
David Hesmondhalgh is Professor of Media, Music and Culture in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. He is the author (with Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett) of Culture, Economy and Politics: the Case of New Labour (2015), Why Music Matters (2013), Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (2011, co-written with Sarah Baker) and The Cultural Industries, now in its third edition (2013). He is also editor or co-editor of seven books and journal special issues, including The Media and Social Theory (with Jason Toynbee, 2008) and (with Anamik Saha) a special issue of the journal Popular Communication on “Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Production” (2013).