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Professor Paul Long

Professor of Media and Cultural History

Birmingham School of Media
+44 (0)121 331 5468

Paul Long is Joint Acting Head of Birmingham School of Media. He leads the MA in Creative Industries and Cultural Policy, as well as several innovative PhD projects.

He is also a board member of both Vivid Projects and Media Archive for Central England (MACE). Paul has done extensive work on popular music heritage, knowledge of which has informed the music and tourism industry, as well as local cultural policies. He has written up insights from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s project ‘Cultural Intermediation: Connecting Communities in the Creative Urban Economy’, in which he led a work-packed investigating community engagement in Birmingham and Salford.

Paul co-researched and curated an exhibition in May 2016 entitled ‘Is There Anyone Out There?’, which documented Birmingham’s independent music scene from 1986 to 1990. This drew on his expertise in pop history and heritage, in conjunction with Birmingham Music Archive.

Paul welcomes PhD applications on the conjunction of media, history and the archive, on creative work and also on popular music and memory. His research interests encompass the creativity of the creative industries and the way in which they produce value that is more than simply economic.

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