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Carey Burke

Principle Research Consultant, Design Thinking

Birmingham City Business School

Carey is an experienced consultant, researcher and project manager that has held senior positions in commerce and industry, and professionally advised local and national government. His academic areas of interest include Social and Public Policy, International Relations, Innovation, and Design Thinking. Carey’s diverse professional background includes working extensively in the creative industries, where he has managed and led a number of projects for small and large organisations.

As an arts and heritage consultant Carey was responsible for assessing Birmingham City Council’s Local Area Agreement, which aimed to understand the barriers people from poorer socio-economic backgrounds faced when engaging with cultural institutions. The consultation was used to help families with long-standing social problems to better engage with society, as the arts were seen as a method of tackling complex social issues such as cohesion, diversity, integration, Britishness and creating shared cultural values.

He led a review of the United Kingdom Advisory Forum on Ageing for the Department of Work and Pensions. The aim of the review was to analyse critically and understand the development of UKAFA, including the mechanisms by which it was delivered and partner relationships in order to assist policy development.

Much of Carey’s earlier research has investigated the labour market integration of vulnerable age groups, and the impact of welfare restructuring in the United Kingdom and its relationship to intergenerational conflict. His latter research has explored the socially innovative practices that young people have employed across Europe to tackle social inequality as a result of the withdrawal of states provision of services.

Carey is currently investigating how innovation is socially reproduced and whether an innovatively-oriented culture can be embedded into organisations using Design Thinking methods.

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