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  4. Food Policy
  5. Jeremy Tunstall Global Media Research Centre
  6. The Centre for City Criminology
  7. Research on Work and Society
  1. Research in Culture & the Creative Industries
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Kathy Williams

PhD Student

Department of Culture & Creative Industriesnull


PhD title: An  Archaeology of Cultural Work in London’s Southbank: A Case Study of the Production of Space at Southbank Centre

Dr. Jo Littler

Summary of current doctoral research

Kathy’s research provides a theoretically informed analysis of histories of cultural work and the representation of space at the Southbank Centre, London. Her work aims to produce an ‘archaeology’ of cultural work connected to the organisation, investigating the ways in which cultural  work has been understood, defined and developed over time. At the same time the research investigates the ways in which the histories and heritages of cultural work at Southbank Centre relate to the social construction of a ‘sense of place’, in order to examine how practices in cultural work  and place-making inform each other. In a wider sense, then, the research aims to extend knowledge on the lived experiences of cultural workers in renowned cultural institutions and the ways in which the production of historicised cultural space is (or is not) integral to their work.

Research interests

Cultural workers, creative Industries, cultural studies, cultural geographies, space, immaterial and affective labour, cultural ethnography, cultural institutions, heritage studies, sociology

Higher education background

Kathy holds an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College, London and a BA in English from the University of Sussex. She also holds an Introductory Certificate in Academic Practice, a Secondary English PGCE and a Trinity TESOL Certificate.

Awards and Grants  

2011-Present Labour Markets in the Cultural Sector: City University Bursary

Public Presentations and Conference Papers Given

  • 25/04/2018 Research reflections roundtable: Work, class and gender ‘Work and Exploitation’ City, University of London Department of Sociology
  • 06/09/2017 ‘Spatial Mediation: Democratic Access and the Production of Space at Southbank Centre’ CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies CFP: Mediating Cultural Work: Texts, Objects and Politics
  • 03/02/2016 Cultural and Creative Industries Seminar Group City, University of London Department of Sociology
  • 30/11/2012 Urban Geography Research Group Conference: Mobile    Urbanisms, King’s College, London Pecha-Kucha Presentation.


  • Williams, K. and O’Brien, D. (2017).  ‘Building the Creative City: London's Southbank and the Archaeology of Creative Spaces’ in Unlocking the Creative City. Re-assembling Why Cities Are Agents of Change and Innovation. London: Routledge.
  • Williams, K. (2016). Review of Greg Hearn, Ruth Bridgstock, Ben Goldsmith and Jess Rodgers (eds) (2014) Creative Work Beyond The Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, in Work, Employment and Society. Vol. 30. Issue 6. Pp. 1053-1055


07/02/2018 Guest Lecture, Southern Spaces Seminar, BA English SOAS, University of London

12/12/2017 Guest Lecture on characteristics and varieties of organisations and management of cultural production, MSc Media Management, Middlesex University London

2013- 2016 Visiting Lecturer for BA Cultural and Creative Industries, City University London. Co-designer of module content, lecturer and seminar tutor on core Cultural and Creative Industries, the Arts and Popular Culture module.

28/02/2013 Creative Cities Lecture and Cultural Value Workshop, City University London Workshop tutor for Contemporary Cultural Policy in the UK module, MA Culture, Policy and Management.

15/02/2013 Sector Professionals Workshop, City University London Participation and Learning in the Cultural Sector, MA Culture, Policy and Management.

20/11/2012 Guest Lecture, King’s College London Gentrification and the Creative Class Core Module, MA/MSc Creative Cities

20/03/2012 Research in the Real World Workshop, City University London Researching People and Events in the Creative Industries, Cultural and Creative Industries Foundation Degree

02/03/2012 London as a Creative City, City University London Lecture and workshop session for Contemporary Cultural Policy in the UK, MA Culture, Policy and Management