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5 July 2019

(Closed) Open call for researcher: Landscape and Social Impact of Creative Hubs in the Philippines

We are seeking a UK research associate to work together with a local research partner in the Philippines, to develop a situational analysis of the creative hubs in the Philippines with two in-depth case studies.

The research aims to explore how we can demonstrate and measure the social impact that creative hubs have on their members and wider communities, as well as describe what the general landscape of creative hubs in the Philippines looks like.

In the Philippines, the creative economy is of growing strategic significance, with increased governmental and municipal interest in developing  and maximising its value to a range of agendas – such as for economic growth and competitiveness, inclusion and sustainability, and for creative city-making.

This includes a focus on creative hubs, with a plethora of new hubs emerging over recent years. It also includes a range of cross-sector and spillover activities – such as for cultural tourism, wellbeing, heritage preservation, innovation through crafts and design, and soft power. 

The British Council, working with a local and UK research partner(s) would like to understand the profile, dynamics and impact of creative hubs in the Philippines and the role creative hubs play in creating/catalysing impact.

While the impact of creative hubs is known and widely discussed, there is a lack of scientific evidence that focuses on the impact of specific hubs on their communities. Thus there is a lack of knowledge and appreciation of creative hubs from the local level to national government.

The UK research associate will be expected to:

  • Develop a typology of creative hubs – by size, partnership and delivery model, and strategic purpose (e.g. for sector growth and innovation, visitor economy, real estate development / regeneration, education and culture development). 
  • Provide an assessment of the role and purpose of creative hubs 
  • Map the profile and scope of creative hubs – from their inception to development. This is to understand their development pathway from the original concept to delivery. 
  • Model good practice for creative hubs and develop a set of shared learning tools for SEA cities. 
  • Develop mini case studies and strategic assessments of up to 10 hubs, to include analysis of their social, cultural, and economic impact 
  • Draft two in-depth case studies and a broader situation analysis 

The research on the landscape and social impact of creative hubs in the Philippines will be part of a wider regional research programme for South East Asia (SEA). The selected UK-based researcher/s and research team in the Philippines, and as part of a wider research partnership operating across four research projects in four countries: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines

The deadline to apply is 4 August 2019.

Read the Request for Proposals and download the application pack here.

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Find out more about our Hubs and Communities projects here.