I’m Toby Bennett, a Research Fellow in Creative & Digital Industries at Solent University.
My research is concerned with work, production and organisation within the cultural economy, particularly the (recorded) music industries. I have been interested in ‘non-creative’ work in this context, as well as music as a knowledge industry: aspects such as education and skills, information and innovation, commercial and policy research, industry’s self-understanding, and emerging forms of expertise. More recently I have been exploring the ‘Music City’ as a policy object and practical reality, especially in relation to history and heritage. At Solent I initiated and run the Culture, Media, Place research group.
Prior to embarking on an academic career, I worked in and around the music business in various ways, and continue to pursue collaborations with the creative sector.