Research tackles inequalities within the cultural sector

New sociology research dives into the inequalities of the cultural sector, with recommendations for improving how the sector collects its equality monitoring data.

Dr Susan Oman, an Honorary Research Fellow working with the Institute for Cultural Practices, has published a working paper and policy briefing detailing the outcomes of issues relating to equality monitoring data in the cultural sector – which has come under fire for its lack of social diversity.

She hopes the findings of her research can inform future work in other sectors, while her publications make recommendations on rectifying the absence of class and socio-economic measures from equality data processes as a way of improving the sector’s understanding of inequality, as well as improving how organisations collect equality data.

Susan worked alongside Arts Council England for a year conducting her research, which was supported by her Fellowship to the Institute for Cultural Practices at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

Click to read the paper Improving data practices to monitor inequality and introduce social mobility measures - a working paper for the cultural sector.

Click to read the policy briefing Measuring Social Mobility in the Creative and Cultural Industries – the importance of working in partnership to improve data practices and address inequality.

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