Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Director of the Cultural Value Project
Professor Geoffrey Crossick was, until 2012, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, having previously been Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London (2005-10), and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board (2002-05) which he led through its transformation into a full research council. He is Chair of the Crafts Council, as well as being a member of the Boards of the Courtauld Institute and the Horniman Museum. He is Chair of the Board of Trinity Long Room Hub, the arts and humanities research institute of Trinity College Dublin.
Geoff has written and spoken extensively in the UK and internationally on the creative and cultural sectors, on the importance of the arts and humanities, and on higher education and research strategy. He is leading work for HEFCE on monographs and open access and his report will appear late in 2014. He has published an influential lecture on Knowledge transfer without widgets: the challenge of the creative economy (2006). He chaired the Universities UK report Creating Prosperity: the role of higher education in driving the UK’s creative economy (2010).
Geoff is a social historian of 19th and early 20th-century urban Britain and continental Europe, and is the author or editor of 7 books and the author of over 40 articles. He is an Honorary Fellow of both Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dr Patricia Kaszynska, Project Researcher at the Cultural Value Project
Prior to joining the Project Patricia worked for a number of political research organisations. She was a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at ResPublica, where she focused on the field of education and skills policy, culture and sport, as well as capabilities and behaviour change. She also worked for Demos and the Fabian Society and held the role of parliamentary researcher. Patricia conducted research in higher education policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of the Arts London.
She completed her PhD (DPhil) investigating the political significance of the aesthetic domain at the University of Oxford, where she also taught aesthetic theory. Besides the PhD she holds an MSt with Distinction from Oxford and a First Class Degree in Philosophy and Art History from University College London.
Patricia has written on the potential of aesthetic sensibility to act as a catalyst in the process of political decision-making and consensus-formation. Patricia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.