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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

Mould, Oli, Vorley, Tim and Liu, Kai (2014) Invisible creativity? Highlighting the hidden impact of freelancing in London's creative industries. European Planning Studies, 22 (12). pp. 2436-2455. ISSN 0965-4313 (Print), 1469-5944 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2013.790587)

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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: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Invisible agents and hidden protagonists: rethinking creative cities policy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: freelancers, creative industries, relational economic geography, projects, London
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9595

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