Digitalisation, copyright and innovation in the creative sector Digitalisation, copyright and innovation in the creative sector

The Centre for Creativity, Enterprise Regulation and Technology (CREATe) is the RCUK centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. The Law School at UEA is part of an interdisciplinary team of academics with an ambitious programme of over 40 research projects.

Research colleagues with specialisms in economics, management, sociology, psychology, ethnography and computer science, as well as law, collaborate with the aim of helping the UK cultural and creative industries thrive and become innovation leaders within the ever-growing global digital economy.

This pioneering centre has been formed to examine the business, regulatory and cultural infrastructure of the UK's creative sector, which accounts for over 6% of GDP. The focus of the research projects include digitalisation, copyright and innovation in the arts and technology.

UEA collaborates with six other universities in CREATe, including the University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Nottingham, the University of Strathclyde and Goldsmiths (University of London).

Launched at the start of 2013, CREATe will be supported by a £5m funding grant over four years (2012-2016). The funding partners are the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The centre's research agenda has been developed in close collaboration with NESTA, the Technology Strategy Board and the Intellectual Property Office. This collaboration with policy makers increases the impact that the centre's research will have.

CREATe's research is grouped into seven interrelated themes:

  • Good, Bad and Emergent Business Models
  • Openness and Open Business Models
  • Regulation and Enforcement
  • Creative Practice and the Creative Environment
  • Intermediaries and Platforms
  • User Creation, User Behaviour and Community Norms
  • Human Rights and the Public Interest

Theme members

Dr Piers Fleming (School of Psychology)
Prof Morten Hviid (Law School)
Dr Keith M Johnston (School of Film, Television and Media Studies)
Dr Emily Laidlaw (Law School)
Prof John Street (School of Political, Social and International Studies)
Prof Daniel Zizzo (School of Economics)

Related centres

CREATe website