UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Embedding culture in planning and urban development: The story of London's creative industries

16 November 2023, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Join us for a Soundbite with Tom Campbell, Senior Associate at BOP.

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UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Room tbc
Gower Street
United Kingdom

About the speaker

Tom Campbell is an Associate with BOP Consultancy (www.bop.co.uk). His particular interest and experience is in how policy makers and planners can best grow the creative industries and culture to maximise the benefits for all, particularly through infrastructure and regeneration initiatives. He has recently worked on projects for the British Council, HS2, World Cities Culture Forum and Nanjing city government, and was an advisor to Crossrail on its art programme and developed the funding model for the £7m public art installations associated with the new line. Prior to this he worked with the Greater London Authority to help produce the Mayor’s Cultural Strategy and was Head of Creative Industries at the London Development Agency, over-seeing a budget of approximately £12m of capital, business support, promotion and skills investment in London’s creative industries. He co-chaired the Creative Industries Council’s Working Group on Regions and Clusters from 2015 to 2020, and is on the editorial board of the academic journal Cultural Trends (Routledge) for whom, as well as contributing and reviewing papers, he guest edited a special edition in 2018 on the subject of culture and environmental sustainability. His second novel, The Planner was published by Bloomsbury in 2015 and he regularly speaks at conferences and writes for the media on the subject of city planning and culture.


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About this event series

Cultural Spaces for Democratic Participation, Political Expression and Shared Prosperity

This Director’s Seminars and Soundbites series explores how citizens mobilize new physical and digital channels of political participation, and what can be done to create and adapt these cultural spaces so as they make positive impact on democratic life in the 21st Century.

Soundbites are a platform for professionals and entrepreneurs who are leading in their field. Speakers are innovators and inspiring actors working in new and traditional sectors, outside of academia. The Soundbite gives the audience an insight into how their organisation contributes to sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

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