Karen is a Research Fellow based at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR). She is also Director of the Centre for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts (CEDIA) in Arts, Design and Media, and Co-Lead of the Creative Industries Cluster in BCMCR.
Karen’s research interests include issues around diversity and inequalities in craft work and the wider creative industries, and cultural workers’ use of social media. She recently completed the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Craft Expertise, in collaboration with Crafts Council, which revealed the extent of racism and microaggressions in the UK craft sector, and produced various toolkits and reports for Crafts Council advising on practice and actions for inclusivity in craft.
Karen is author of the book The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour: Arts, Work and Inequalities (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020) and co-editor of Craft Entrepreneurship (with Annette Naudin, Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).