The C3 Centre: Creative Industries and Creative Communities



Researchers, innovators, artists and creative thinkers passionate about co-creating with their surrounding communities and sectors.

Our aim

The C3 Centre: Creative Industries and Creative Communities engages in research that reflects the search for new conceptual and critical insights into practices used by individual artists, collectives and creative thinkers who are passionate about engaging, interacting and co-creating with their surrounding communities.

It focusses on those areas of Ceramics, Creative Industry and Creative Communities that make our region so impactful through its creative engagements and provides a single overarching structure for all staff working with our creative partners through the medium of arts in relation to the creative and cultural economy, society and sectors.

In short, it is not ‘about the arts’ but rather ‘through the arts’.

Group leaders

Professor Carola Boehm


Having degrees both from the arts (music) as well as the sciences (electrical engineering, computer science) I am a genuine interdisciplinarian.

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Dr Neil Brownsword


Neil's artistic research examines the manufacturing histories of North Staffordshire's ceramic industry, and the effects globalisation has had upon people, place and traditional skills in recent decades.

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Professor Ian Brown


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Researchers within The C3 Centre: Creative Industries and Creative Communities

Paul Christie

Course Director

Paul trained on the BA Acting Degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before going on to work extensively as a professional actor for ten years performing across theatre, television and radio. He then trained as a theatre director at the R…

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Dr Marc Estibeiro

Associate Professor

I teach computer sound, advanced Pro Tools techniques, modern composition and music software design.

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Fiona Graham

Associate Professor

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer and Producer, with a background as a factual documentary producer/director and television studio producer. Fiona has a background in print journalism, BBC radio and television including BBC1, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, STV…

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Dr Robert Marsden

Head Of Department - Media & Perf

Dr Robert Marsden is the Head of Department of Media, Performance and Communication. Robert also works in professional theatre as a director and writer, and writes on rehearsal studies, directing practice and British pantomime amongst other topics.

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Dr Dave Payling

Associate Professor

Dave teaches audiovisual composition, audio mastering, sound synthesis and music software design. He has a PhD in visual music composition and produces a variety of electronic music.

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Dr Agata Lulkowska

Senior Lecturer

Dr Agata Lulkowska is Lecturer in Film Production in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. Agata's background is in film practice, installations and photography. She is also a prolific interdisciplinary researcher with the main interest …

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Dr Mark Mckenna

Associate Professor

Dr Mark McKenna is a lecturer in Film, Television & Radio. His teaching is focused on the theoretical and critical underpinnings of film production and draws upon his research which is focused on the film and media industries.

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Professor Esther Maccallum-Stewart


Esther examines gender and representation in games, both digital and analog. Her work studies how players understand the narratives of games and gameplay. She has written widely on roleplaying games, boardgames, digital play and playful experiences.

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Peter Rudge

Associate Professor

Peter has more than 25 years experience in the film industry and in 2011 was co-founder of the spin out company Grand Independent – a film production and distribution company based in Staffordshire. He began his career as a reader working …

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Dr Andrew Stubbs

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Stubbs is Lecturer of Film, Media and Communication in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. He teaches a range of subjects across Film, Television and Media.

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Stephen Webley


Dr Mark Brown

Course Director

As well as being Course Leader for English and Creative Writing, I teach on First Year core modules and American literature modules on Crime Fiction, the Contemporary, Modernism and Beat Writing. I also supervise MA and PhD students.

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Nicola Gratton

Lead Civic Eng'Ment & Evalu - Assoc Prof

Nicola leads on civic and community engagement strategy for Staffordshire University and is also an active participatory action researcher, supporting others to take part in researching and addressing issues that affect them.

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Dr Lisa Mansell

Senior Lecturer

I teach Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetic Writing, Long Poem, Text Art/Visual Poetry, and Experimental Writing.

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Steven Speed

Senior Lecturer

Steven is an award-winning digital media artist, photographer, writer and editor who has worked in the media for 20 years. Since joining us at Staffordshire University he has co-created the Digital Content Creation course.

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Dr Emma Temple-Malt

Course Director

Em is the Course leader for the PG Transnational Organised Crime Masters,, Sociology and Social Justice Masters and Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters. Her expertise are in domestic abuse education and research methodology.

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Professor David Webb


David is the course leader for Continental Philosophy. His expertise includes Modern European Philosophy, especially phenomenology, and French epistemology and philosophy of science (Heidegger, Levinas, Foucault, Serres, Bachelard, Cavaill&egrav…

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Anna Francis

Associate Professor

Anna Francis is an artist, educator and researcher whose work aims to create space to discuss and reframe city resources, through participatory art interventions.

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Martin Brown

Senior Lecturer

Martin teaches modern Italian and European history, local and community history and 18th Century English history, with an emphasis on social, cultural and political history.

Michael Safaric Branthwaite

Course Director - Associate Prof.

Michael's practice involves sculpture, installation and site-related & responsive art. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.

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Dr Michael Day

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Michael Day is an artist, researcher, lecturer, and occasional curator. He is interested in the ways that digital technologies can structure experience, and produces artworks that explore relationships between technology and agency.

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Dr Lynne Fanthome


Dr Sarah Key

Senior Lecturer

Graduating from the University of Derby in 1999 with first class honours, I consolidated my painting practice for a year at Banks’s Mill studios, before heading to London to study MA: Painting at Wimbledon School of Art…

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Professor Jon Fairburn


Professor Jon Fairburn is active in teaching, research, bid writing and public engagement. He has incorporated credited work experience into geography and tourism degrees as well as the MSc Digital Marketing Management.

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