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Dr Jonathan Vickery

Jonathan Vickery

Associate Professor

Director, MA Arts Enterprise and Development
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23459
Email: J dot P dot Vickery at warwick dot ac dot uk

Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7HS


Dr Jonathan Vickery is Associate Professor and Director of the MA Arts Enterprise and Development. At Warwick he serves on the Steering Group of Warwick Global Research Priorities Committee on International Development (GRP ID). Outside, he is co-director of the Shanghai City Lab, Chairman of The Art of Management and Organization (non-profit research company), and an 'Ambassador' for the EU funded CreArt Project (Network of Cities for Artistic Creation). He has been an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College member since 2009, and has just been invited to serve as member of the Peer Review College of the ESRC.

Dr Vickery spent three years in art schools then six years working in a variety of art projects, design jobs and experimental communal living, before taking his first degree in the History of Art and Architecture at UEA Norwich. His graduate work was in the Department of Art History and Theory, University of Essex, where he completed his MA and then PhD (on modernist aesthetics and contemporary art, late 1999). After a year teaching at Regent's College London, he was Henry Moore Post-Doctoral Fellow at Essex, then in 2001 he became a lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the History of Art department here at Warwick. Dr Vickery was invited to join the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies in 2004. He has since been a Visiting Scholar at Belgrade, Hildesheim and Poznan.

He has founded three masters degrees in creative industries, starting with the MA in International Design and Communication, which ran for five years, being replaced with the MA Global Media and Communication, (handed over to Dr Jo Garde-Hansen in 2011), then introducing the MA Arts, Enterprise and Development, which opened in 2012.

Research interests

My research interests are broadly cultural development and the politics of cultural economy: this has included public culture and the public sphere; urban culture, policy and politics; contemporary art and architecture; creative economy and organisational aesthetics. I am particularly interested in the political dimension of cultural development within cities and local/regional urban economy, as well as the European Union cultural and urban policy, and the role of culture and creative economy in UN International Development.

Teaching and supervision

See the Shanghai City Lab for the Cultural Economy Summer School:

See my Facebook pages:
Arts, Enterprise and International Development
Global City Culture and Development

I believe that universities are unique spaces for cultural experience as well as education, and should be motivated by the public interest. I do not regard teaching and research as mutually exclusive, and in reruiting a 'global classroom' I learn a great deal from the students as they learn from me. Since the start of my career at Essex University I have enjoyed (and to some degree, have specialised in) teaching diverse cohorts of international students. Since I earned a Certificate in Human Relations from the renowned UEA Counselling Centre in 1994, I have taken a particular interest in student pastoral welfare in cross-cultural contexts. During my career I have taught a range of arts subjects, from survey courses on the social history of Western art and architecture since ancient times, to modern art and the European avant-gardes, to contemporary design and creative industries (to date I have created 17 new modules – 8 UG/9 PG). I have supervised over 100 masters dissertations, and currently supervising 6 PhD thesis. Starting my career in the design world (also working as an artist) I am interested in the relation between theory and practice, and the politics of the creative process. This animates my research as well as teaching.

Before I joined the Centre in 2004 I developed the contemporary art dimension of the History of Art Department, where I focused on the social, institutional and political function of art (with my modules on radical art projects, urbanism and public arts, institutions and art markets). I managed two field trips to Paris, and regularly engaged with museums and galleries in Coventry and Birmingham. I still do a small amount of teaching on the artworld for the Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts [IESA] in London.

Student experience

I take an active and interactive approach to teaching, using project frameworks, business simulation, online forum and social media as well as case studies. My new MA program looks at the uses of arts and creative enterprises in development (International Development and local cultural, community and urban development). The relation between theory and practice is often a contradictory or tense one, and I want students to experience that, and realize that solutions or approaches to problems are not pre-given: they have to be improvised, innovated and negotiated.

In the past, as well as conducting many student trips and excursions, I set up the Coventry-Warwick Public Art Project in 2003, with student collaborations for Coventry's urban regeneration. I have managed a program of industrial placements, and created various business simulation and teamwork projects. I have developed a multi-media dimension to research and teaching, and used documentary film as a research medium. One of the most important dimensions of teaching is the contribution of outside professionals, where industry or public sector workers come and (from the BBC to artists, designers or large agencies like McCann Erickson). As for the students, I have always recruited internationally and attempted to build a ‘global classroom’. I think cross-cultural learning and intercultural communication are among the most valuable learning experiences on my courses. I am therefore active in student recruitment, and have represented the University on various foreign trips, to the Far East and the USA.

Current PhD students

  • Jiyun Yoo, 'Postmodernism, marketing and the consumption of live pop music in South Korea' (graduated in July 2014).
  • Junmin Song, 'Creative Cities and Creative Placemaking' (completing September 2015).
  • Rob O'Toole, 'Design Thinking in Creative HE Pedagogy' (graduated July 2015).
  • Tomi Oladepo, 'Digital Public Sphere and Democracy in Africa' (graduated July 2015).
  • Gabrielle Ferdinand, 'Brand Communication and the symbolic economy of the Caribbean Creative Industries'.
  • Dace Demir, 'Cultural Policy and the Institutionalisation of Contemporary Art in Latvia'.
  • Nick Chen, 'Creative Economy and Sustainable Development in Contemporary China'
  • Michael Kho Lim (Warwick-Monash Aliance scholar), 'Indie Film making and Distribution in the Filipino Cultural Economy'
  • Phitchakan Chuangchai, 'Creative Cities in the S.E. ASEAN region'.

Administrative roles

Professional memberships

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College member, since 2009.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) Peer Review College member (invited -- 2015)
  • International Association of Art Critics (AICA): Nominated 2012.
  • Aesthetics, Creativity, and Organisations Research Network (ACORN): Nominated 2008.
  • Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS)
  • UK Political Studies Association (PSA)
  • European Urban Research Association (EURA)
  • Development Studies Association (DSA)


  • BA History of Art and Architecture (University of East Anglia): First Class (starred)
  • MA Aesthetics and Visual Arts (University of Essex): Distinction
  • PhD Art History & Theory (University of Essex)

Office hours

Wednesday 9am-2pm

Fridays 9am-10am; 1-2pm.


Arts, Community and Enterprise (Core Module)
Open Space sessions (Friday afternoons, Autumn Term)
The Global City (Option Module Spring Term)
Culture and Social Innovation (Option Module Summer Term)
Major Project (dissertation)