Graham Hitchen

Associate Dean for Enterprise

Graham Hitchen

Graham is the Associate Dean Enterprise for Loughborough University London, and a Senior Enterprise Fellow within the Institute for Media and Creative Industries.

Graham Hitchen specialises in Cultural and Creative Industries policy, having worked at a senior level in the sector for more than 25 years. He is currently working with the Industrial Strategy team at UKRI, leading strategy for the Audience of the Future and the Creative Industries Clusters programmes. He brings a wealth of experience in cultural and creative industries policy and delivery – nationally and regionally. Graham was the Corporate Policy Director for Arts Council England, before setting up Creative London with the Mayor’s office in 2004 – responsible for £10m of investment annually, including establishing Film London and the London Design Festival. He has been running a successful consultancy business since 2007, advising government agencies, cities and universities on Creative Industries and innovation.

Academic background

Graham's early research focussed on the relationship between Images and Text in British 20th Century culture, and he has lectured on Modernism and the Historiography of the arts. For the last 25 years, he has been working in Creative Industries policy, working with local, national and international agencies, and undertaking guest lectures for a number of institutions on topics such as cities and regeneration, creative innovation, and Government arts and cultural policy.

Current research and collaborations

Graham is part of the AHRC Creative Economy Champion team, working alongside Professor Chitty on Creative Industries applied research and innovation. He is currently leading a research project with the creative business cluster in Hackney Wick, and with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Greater London Authority, to understand the impact of Covid-19 and to make recommendations on policies to support recovery and growth. He has also established a small research group looking 'Beyond the Crisis', to develop research projects on the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on the creative and cultural sectors.

Interests and activities

  • Government policy on culture and the creative industries
  • Cities and regeneration
  • Creative clusters
  • Applied research and innovation in the Creative Industries.
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