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

Stellar Libraries CIC and Maite Usoz de la Fuente from King’s College London

SME Partner

Andy Ryan, Stellar Libraries CIC

PhD Student

Maite Usoz de la Fuente, King’s College London


Dr Alicia Kent, King’s College London

Project Name

Cityread London

Project Description

At the beginning of the Cityread London researcher in residency programme Stellar Libraries CIC was looking to secure a long term project with Transport for London. This project would place Cityread London alongside other underground offerings such as Art on the Underground and Poems on the Underground, and would include the creation of a virtual book to be displayed using the digital escalator panels.

In preparation for this project Stellar Libraries CIC partnered with Maite Usoz de la Fuente from King’s College London to investigate ways of engaging new digital audiences and implement gamification strategies. If the project with Transport for London was pursued Stellar Libraries and Fuente would look into a plan B option for the virtual book.

Unfortunately as Transport for London pulled out of the project it wasn’t able to progress, however, the researcher in residency did provide the company with useful insights.

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.