I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. I have published research on a wide range of cultural policy issues including gallery and museum histories, monuments and public art, cultural heritage, creative industries, cultural development, culture-led urban development and cultural values. I have published three books: Valuing Historic Environments (Ashgate, 2009), edited with John Pendlebury; Monumental Queensland: Signposts on a Cultural Landscape, co-authored with Joanna Besley (University of Queensland Press, 2004); and, The Uses of Art (University of Queensland Press, 2001). I have also published in a number of peer reviewed journals. Since 2005 I have been a member of the editorial committee of the International Journal of Cultural Policy and I am a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College and the AHRC ‘Care for the Future’ Steering Group.
In addition to leading work in the Gateshead and Peterborough ecosystems, I am also leading the mapping of assets and participation data across the ecosystems. Alongside Dr. Eleonora Belfiore I am co-leading the histories part of the UEP project. We are co-hosting a workshop in April 2015 on Culture and Power: Histories of participation, values and governance, from which we are co-editing a book of the same name (Palgrave, 2015). With Dr. Andrew Miles, I am also co-editing the two Understanding Everyday Participation issues of Cultural Trends (2016). I manage one of UEP’s Research Associates, Dr. Delyth Edwards, and supervise two of the PhD projects attached to UEP, those of Sarah Hughes and Ruth Webber (the latter working with Victoria Hollows at Glasgow Life) all of whom are based at Leicester.
I have a number of trajectories of interest in UEP’s emergent findings, but am above all committed to the project’s focus on the everyday and seeking to understand what it is that people do and the values and effects that attach and follow these activities. In particular, my frames of interest are in exploring the relationships, attendant values, stakes and effects as these are played out within individuals lives where they are involved in ‘facilitated participation’ (programmes which enable the participation in cultural activities of groups deemed to gain benefit from such access) and in relation to those same individuals’ ‘everyday participation’. I am also interested in adding location and place to the theorisation and analysis of the relationality of cultural consumption and cultural resources (cultural capital, cultural field and social group). Bennett, Savage, Silva, Warde, Gayo-Cal and Wright (2009) argued that recognizing the intersection of age, gender and ethnicity with class is useful in understanding social relations in contemporary Britain, in UEP the mapping work, alongside the other methods, seeks to establish whether we can understand place as an important addition to this frame.
Like most people my age who work and have kids there is no ‘everyday’ participation; however, on the weekends some activity outside of work and child ferrying does occur. Cooking- I do a good line in dinner parties and jam, and recently baked Samuel Pepys’ recipe for the cakes that led to the Great Fire of London; my NY resolution is to take on brewing- elderflower liquor is the next post- Winter project. Holidays have led to me rediscovering the charm of the British coast, although I’m never adverse to a quick trip to Australia!
Everyday Participation and Cultural Values in Glasgow (left, image Hugh Hood)