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Postgraduate Research with CCE

What we offer

The approach of CCE is collegial and collaborative, and values innovative interdisciplinary thinkers who move between, and through disciplines and themes, stimulating productive relationships and bringing different areas of knowledge together to seek to understand and meet contemporary challenges. Our Postgraduate Research (PGR) Lead is Professor David Bek.

Traditional PhD

We welcome applications from suitably qualified self-funded or sponsored PhD candidates that relate to our current research themes and areas of supervision, and applications can be for part-time and full-time study. We offer student entry points in September, January and May.

Main Areas of Supervision:

  • Investigating Creative Economies
  • Space, Place and the Creative Economy
  • Creative Economies for Health and Wellbeing
  • Digital Heritage and Culture
  • Creative Economies and Ecological Sustainability


We are based in the ICC Building alongside the Centre for Dance Research, the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, and the Centre for Post-digital Cultures. The building has meeting and conference rooms, studio and social spaces, and dedicated PGR rooms with workstations.

In 2025, we will move to the newly developed Coventry Cultural Gateway.

Entry Requirements

For details on the formal application process and forms, please visit Making an Application on the University’s website.

Funding Opportunities

Competitive studentships may be available through the Midlands Four Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership, sponsored by AHRC.

Our postgraduates

Andrea Cop

Andrea’s PhD project is investigating the role and development of research in the UK cultural heritage sector, especially museums. In doing so, her research considers the role of policy and governance structures in the sector, what is understood by research and practice research and its purpose to individual organisations. Findings will support consideration of research in the context of cultural heritage planning, resilience and sustainability.

Andrea has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen, and a Masters in European Policy, Law and Management, in which her research concentrated on research and development policy in the least developed countries, and skills development and innovation practice in SMEs respectively. Andrea is a research management professional in a museum, specialising in building mutually beneficial partnerships.

Julyan Levy

Julyan’s PhD is an ethnographic investigation into the spaces where Diverse and Solidarity Economies emerge in the UK and EU. His aim is to discover what cultural practices contribute to place-based development in these spaces and whether they offer tangible alternatives to the dominant economic system.

Julyan has an undergraduate degree in anthropology with sustainability from University of Exeter. His UG dissertation on low impact intentional communities was published in a Routledge environmental volume. He also gained his Masters in critical human geographies from Exeter investigating the human-cannabis relationship.

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