Dr Julia Calver, Course Director

Dr Julia Calver

Course Director

Dr Julia Calver is Course Director of the new Foundation Year in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Prior to joining the academic team, Julia worked across the UK in a range of roles within the arts and creative industries.

Julia’s experience includes both operational and strategic development in arts and festival sector. Most recently she managed the Creative Industries Sector Group for the West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network following ten years at Arts Council England developing strategic partnerships between the cultural, creative and education sectors. Her earlier career involved establishing an annual arts education programme at Bradford Festival; developing a marketing and education programme for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (London) and Business Development Manager at Audiences Yorkshire.

Julia also has experience as a Director and Trustee, organising festivals and currently Chair of 'Saltaire Inspired', an arts organisation developing contemporary visual art exhibitions and community-led projects in the world heritage site of Saltaire, Bradford.

Julia’s research is focused on organisational behaviour of creative industries and most recently creativity and innovation in circus. Her consultancy work has taken her to Gothenburg, Sweden to work with the Local Authority’s Arts Development Department to establish a regional festival network. She is currently an Arts Quality Assessor for Arts Council England and External Examiner at the University of Lincoln and Arts University Bournemouth.

Current Teaching

Julia teaches a broad spectrum of subjects but specialises in creative event design, audience engagement, creative entrepreneurship and future development and innovations in the events sector. She is currently University Mentor for the HE Academy programme and PhD supervisor.

Research Interests

Julia’s research interest involves exploring organisational behaviour, network ecologies and leadership within the creative events sector. In 2016 Julia was awarded an Early Career Fellowship to investigate the state of circus events in the lead up to the 250th anniversary of the birth of circus in the UK in 2018 resulting in a number of conference papers and published paper in Leisure Studies.

Dr Julia Calver, Course Director

Selected Outputs

  • Calver JM; Gold J; Stewart J (2013) Action learning and the creative industries: the efficacy of an action learning set in building collaboration between a university and creative industries. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 10 (1), pp. 25-38.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/14767333.2012.755117

  • Calver J; Gold J; Stewart J (2013) Action learning and the creative industries: The efficacy of an action learning set in building collaboration between a university and creative industries. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 10 (1), pp. 25-38.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/14767333.2012.755117

  • Calver JM; Cuthbert G; Davison S; Devins D; Gold J; Hughe I; Tosey P (2013) HRD in 2020: a hop-on, hop-off city tour. Human Resource Development International, 16 (1), pp. 94-105.

    https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2012.710107

  • Gold J; Spackman T; Marks D; Beech N; Calver J; Ogun A; Whitrod Brown H (2015) Scholarly Practice in HRD. In: Saunders M; Tosey P ed. Handbook of Research Methods in Human Resource Development. Cambridge: Edward Elgar, pp. 45-61.

  • Calver JM; Gold J (2012) University engagement with the creative industries: How action learning can build collaboration between a university and creative industries. In: Hagoort G; Thomassen A; Kooyman R ed. Pioneering Minds Worldwide: On the Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative Industries.. Eburon Academic Press, pp. 178-181.