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Invisible creativity? Highlighting the hidden impact of freelancing in London’s creative industries

Invisible creativity? Highlighting the hidden impact of freelancing in London’s creative industries

Liu, Kai, Mould, Oli and Vorley, Tim (2015) Invisible creativity? Highlighting the hidden impact of freelancing in London’s creative industries. In: Watson, Allan and Taylor, Calvin, (eds.) Rethinking creative cities policy: Invisible agents and hidden protagonists. Routledge, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781138890084

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Abstract

The creative industries have been identified as a key sector for the UK’s economic recovery. Despite the intense focus however, the working practices of their labour force remain largely enigmatic to public policy. Particularly, freelancers, who make up a large proportion of labour within the creative industries, remain largely under-researched. This paper seeks to highlight the importance of freelancers to the creative industries through a case study of London’s creative economy. Moreover, by discussing the prevalence of project-based work, this research shows there is a high propensity for firms to regularly engage with freelancers on a project basis – but it is the freelancers who often conduct the more creative aspects of the work. The paper concludes by suggesting that freelancers are a crucial component of the creative industries, and should be included in future political decision making.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freelancers, Creative industries, Relational economic geography, Projects, London
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 12:42
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14908

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