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Dr Peter Merrington
Lecturer in the Business of the Creative and Cultural Industries



I am a Lecturer in the Creative and Cultural Industries and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Business of the Creative Industries. I joined the School of Arts and Creative Technologies in 2021, previously I was a Research Associate on an AHRC-funded project in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow and the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University. Prior to completing my PhD, I worked with some of the UK’s leading contemporary art festivals and biennials including Liverpool Biennial and AV Festival, where I was the Assistant Director from 2015-17. I received my PhD in Fine Art from Newcastle University supported by the AHRC and I also hold a BA (Hons) in Social Science (Geography and History of Art) from Durham University.



I am an interdisciplinary researcher and often work with creative practice. My work is situated at the intersections of visual culture, media history and cultural studies, focusing on questions of the relationship between art, film and place, as well as labour, design, technology and creative practice. 

Between 2017 and 2021 I was Research Associate on the AHRC project ‘Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for Specialised Films in English Regions’, a collaboration between the universities of Glasgow, Sheffield, Liverpool and York. 

My AHRC-funded PhD, examining the relationship between contemporary arts festival curating and place through a case-study of the development of AV Festival and the recent cultural history in North East England. My work has been published in journals including Studies in European Cinema, Cultural Trends, The Journal of British Cinema and Television and Participations.

As part of my research, I often work through interdisciplinary collaborations with artists, producers, programmers and curators, which has resulted in a series of exhibitions, artists’ books, screenings, performances and events.

I welcome PhD proposals from prospective students in any areas related to my research interests.



I am Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Business of the Creative Industries. I convene the modules: Global Producing Contexts that explores contemporary cultural production around the world; Creative Business Methods working with colleagues from York Law School and external experts to teach key finance, legal and planning skills for the creative and cultural industries and Group Project working with external industry partners to support and develop students work. I’ve also contributed to teaching to the Postgraduate MA Management in the Creative and Cultural Industries (MACCI) programme.

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Dr Peter Merrington
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5233