Katy Shaw


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PhD projects

Creative Industries
Creative Economy
Contemporary Writing
Cultural Studies

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Personal profile

Research interests

Contemporary Literature

Twenty-first Century Genre Fiction

Working Class Writing




Katy Shaw is Professor of 21st-century writing and publishing at Northumbria University, UK and Director of the UKRI/AHRC Creative Communities programme. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in the creative industries (the subject of her 2022 TED talk) and the redistribution of the creative industries from the capital to the regions and nations as part of the ‘levelling up agenda’. She is the author of the 2021 APPG Inquiry report ‘The Case for Culture’ that set out policy recommendations, many of which have since been adopted by UK government, on how to rebuild rebalance and recover cultural production post-covid. She sits as a commissioner on the LGA Culture Commission and the Gordon Brown Union Commission. Her policy consultancy focuses on R&D, innovation and the role of HEIs and further education in cultural partnership working. As Professor of writing she is the author of five monographs, four edited collections as well as journal articles and essays on contemporary British literature and is the author of the British Council ‘Write Now: Teaching 21st-century Literature Globally’ report. She can be found on Twitter @profkatyshaw

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, PhD, PhD English Literature, Lancaster University

Award Date: 9 Jun 2008

PGCE, PGCE, Northumbria University

Award Date: 6 Sept 2006

English, MA, MA English, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 6 Sept 2005

English Literature, MRes, MRes English Literary Research, Lancaster University

Award Date: 6 Sept 2004

English, BA (Hons), BA Hons English and Education, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 2 Jun 2003

External positions

BACLS: British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies

2016 → …

Professor, C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings

2015 → …

UniEnglish: National Subject Association

2015 → …


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