Evaluating Cultural Value PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
Start date
October 2019
Application deadline
10 December 2018
Reference number
UK / EU fee
Not applicable
International fee
Not applicable


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. The Institute for Media and Creative Industries is actively engaged in international research projects concerning evaluation and cultural policy and value.

This doctoral project will explore one of the defining issues of contemporary cultural policy debates, evaluation, from the perspective of ‘cultural value’. A better understanding of cultural value, how certain cultural forms are valued and validated in the public domain (and, crucially, why), and the development of a broader, more inclusive and intellectually diverse explorations of these themes is central to better policy making and more effective arts organisations.

London is one of the world’s leading hubs for international business, negotiations and trade, and is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in a broad range of industries, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.

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Project detail

This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities.

TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East, with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.

As a consortium member of Techné, the Institute for Media and Creative Industries welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring and raising awareness of the values and intellectual positions at the roots of contemporary evaluation practices, to open up considerations of different sets of values and modes of valuing other than those currently predominant in cultural policy discourse, which are largely predicated on an economic understanding of ‘value’ and ‘valuation’. The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.


Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777.  International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.

Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.

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General information about the research agendas of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries can be found here.

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Professor Jo Tacchi


Primary supervisor: Professor Jo Tacchi

Secondary supervisors: Dr Amalia Sabiescu and Professor Ele Belfiore

Why you should choose us

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

In order to be considered you need to apply to, and be recommended by, Loughborough University London: you cannot apply directly to Techné. Applications should be made online. Under programme name, please select Media and Creative Industries. Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/JTASEB. The deadline for applications is 10 December 2018.

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