At present, like much of the world, Scotland is trying to plan for the future in the context of the still unfolding impact of the Covid pandemic, the compounding effects of the conflict in Ukraine, the looming cost of living crisis, and the escalating climate emergency. Against this backdrop, Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation, Delivering Economic Prosperity (March 2022), repeatedly refers to the creative industries as a key area of economic strength for Scotland and as an important focus for initiatives aimed at promoting economic recovery. This is an ambitious goal, which will require the coming together of different communities of expertise, from within HE, business, policy, third sector, organisations and individual artists and professionals.

This programme worked to develop a Scottish Cultural Policy Research Network bringing together cultural policy research experts working in Scotland, including policymakers, consultants, artists, businesses, and other actors in the Scottish creative economy, to facilitate knowledge exchange, collaboration and policy and industry impact. A series of three events brought together network members to co-design the shape and functioning of the Network and consider some of the key sector issues, including:

  • The creative sector and post-covid recovery in Scotland (including the challenges and opportunities for young artists entering the job market) 
  • The role of arts and culture in addressing climate change and the commitment to net-zero 
  • Scotland’s international image and role post-Brexit, and cultural relations.

Image credit: Rowan Bazley, Floorpainting V (The Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art, 2022)

Programme Team

Professor Eleonora Belfiore, University of Aberdeen

Professor Sarah Smith, Glasgow School of Art

Dr Jacqueline Donachie, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Clive Gillman, Creative Scotland

Professor Kate Oakley, University of Glasgow

Final Report

SCPRN Final Report (June 2024)


Please contact the team for any outputs and follow-up activities.