This scheme enabled a doctoral student or early career academic researcher to do a short-term work placement with a company from within London’s Creative Economy. Below are examples of placements that Creativeworks London has funded. More information about the scheme can be found here.

PHD-In-Residence Scheme

DACS and Tania Phipps-Rufus from Goldsmiths, University of London

SME Partner

Mark Waugh, DACS

PhD Student/Early Career Researcher

Tania Phipps-Rufus, Goldsmiths, University of London


Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Project Name


Project Description

Established over 30 years ago by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. In those years they have acted as a trusted broke for over 80,000 artists worldwide and helped transform the financial landscape by offering innovate products and services. Tania Phipps-Rufus from Goldsmiths, University of London, was established in order to research how DACS has facilitated, or restricted, the application of visual artists within other sectors of the creative industries such as fashion and gaming. Phipps-Rufus’s research also set out to understand the impact social media is having on artists’ intellectual property rights.

Phipps-Rufus’s research has led to the development of an events programme for 2016 focusing on art, fashion and intellectual property issues. Three events will be hosted and the programme we be implemented as part of DACS new business methodology. It is currently intended for the programme will be run collaboratively between DACS and Phipps-Rufus. The pairing are also in discussion to approach CREATE for additional funding.

Thanks to the residency Mark Waugh of DACS and Phipps-Rufus were invited to present at an Arts IP conference at Central Saint Martins, Questioning Rights: Disruptive and emerging IPR management practices in the arts, which took place on the 21st April 2015.

For Phipps-Rufus the residency opportunity has provided an experience of ethnography and left her with an enhanced understanding of IP in the creative economy and how this shapes art and fashion practices.


Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.