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Professor Katy Shaw


Department: Humanities

Katy Shaw is Director of the UKRI/AHRC Creative Communities programme and Professor of writing and publishing. Her research interests include devolution and culture, diversity and inclusion in the creative industries (the subject of her 2022 TED talk) and cultural policy making. She is the author of the APPG Inquiry report ‘The Case for Culture’ that set out policy recommendations, many of which have since been adopted by UK government, on how to rebuild rebalance and recover cultural production post-covid. She sat as a commissioner on the LGA Culture Commission and the Gordon Brown Union Commission. Her policy consultancy focuses on the role of culture-led R&D, innovation and the role of HEIs and further education in cultural partnership working. As Professor and journalist she is the author of five monographs, four edited collections as well as journal articles and essays on contemporary British literature and is the author of the British Council ‘Write Now: Teaching 21st-century Literature Globally’ report. She regularly writes for the New Statesman. She can be found on Twitter @profkatyshaw

Katy Shaw

Campus Address

103 Lipman Building

Contemporary Literature

Twenty-first Century Genre Fiction

Working Class Writing



  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Blazing A Trail: Culture and Devolution in England, Shaw, K. 1 May 2024, In: IPPR Progressive Review
  • Culture Bridge 2030: Towards A Culture Strategy for Newcastle, Shaw, K. Jan 2024
  • The Icing on the Cake? Culture, Devolution and the North East, Kippin, H., Shaw, K. Mar 2024
  • The Power of Partnership: Northumbria University x New Writing North, Shaw, K., Malcolm, C. 26 Apr 2024
  • The role of universities in supporting arts and culture, Henley, D., Shaw, K. 4 Jul 2024
  • Writers and Their Work: David Peace, Shaw, K. 1 Jul 2024
  • A Writing Chance: adjusting the lens on social class and diversity in the UK publishing industry , Shaw, K. 19 Oct 2023, In: Creative Industries Journal
  • Common People: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in UK Publishing, Shaw, K. 14 Mar 2023, The Routledge Companion to Working-Class Literature, Routledge
  • A New Britain: Renewing our Democracy and Rebuilding our Economy: Report of the Commission on the UK’s Future, Shaw, K. 1 Dec 2022
  • A Writing Chance: Adjusting the Lens - Phase One Evaluation Report , Shaw, K. Oct 2022

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  • Haunting Issues-Children, Spectrality and Culture, Shaw, K. (Principal Investigator), Arts & Humanities Research Council, 01/04/23 - 30/09/24, £4,083.00
  • Creative Communities programme, Shaw, K. (Principal Investigator), Arts & Humanities Research Council, 01/05/22 - 30/04/25, £1,614,505.00

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Membership of board: British Council (External organisation) 2023
  • Other: AHRC Director of Creative Communities 2022
  • Consultancy: A Writing Chance 2021
  • Membership of committee: Local Government Association (External organisation) 2021
  • Membership of committee: The Labour Party (External organisation) 2021
  • Consultancy: Writing the Regional Powerhouse 2021
  • Membership of committee: BACLS: British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies (External organisation) 2017
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: International Womens Day 2017
  • Membership of board: University English": national subject association (External organisation) 2016
  • Editorial work: C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings (Journal) 2015

Katherine Greenwood Common People: Working-Class Writing in the Twenty-First Century Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 25/06/2024

  • English Literature PhD June 09 2008
  • PGCE September 06 2006
  • English MA September 06 2005
  • English Literature MRes September 06 2004
  • English BA (Hons) June 02 2003
  • PGCE (HE and Post-Compulsory) PGCE 2005
  • Senior Fellow of HEA

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