Dave O'Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries, based in the School of History of Art, but working across several areas of study. He did his PhD in Sociology at the University of Liverpool, looking at European Capital of Culture. Before joining the University of Edinburgh Dave was Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy at ICCE, Goldsmiths. He has a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Philosophy, both from Liverpool.
Along with his academic work, Dave has various impact and policy engagement roles, including two ESRC IAA Fellowships with the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee, an AHRC/ESRC placement fellow at DCMS, and an academic advisory role to the Performers' Alliance and Creative Diversity All Party Parliamentary Groups.
Making art and making a living: the role of festivals in contemporary art careers
PhD Supervision Topics
Cultural and Creative Industries
Sociology of art and culture
Recent PhD students have studied public art in East London; Audience development and cultural policy; Urban cultural policy and Oil Culture in Venezuela; and the stratification of cultural consumption in Ireland. He welcomes inquires in any area of his expertise.