Staff profile


Dr Andrew Jackson

Divisional Director for Advertising and Marketing

School: Christ Church Business School

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923065

Profile summary

Andrew is director of the COaST research and knowledge exchange group at Christ Church Business School and senior lecturer in advertising, marketing and arts management. His research interests are centred around the evaluation of arts and cultural activity, particularly in relation to place and regeneration, and he supervises PhDs in this area.

Andrew has also contributed to BBC news progremmaes, including PM and two BBC Radio 4 documentary series on design history, hosted by Laurence Llewellyn Bowen. Andrew's contribution to the book Extra/Ordinary; Craft and Contemporary Art (edited by Maria Elena Buszek), was published by Duke University Press, USA, in 2011.

In the past he has taught at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland, the University of the Arts London, Goldsmiths College and the University for the Creative Arts.

Before becoming an academic, Andrew worked as a product designer, establishing and running Detail, a successful design and manufacturing consultancy in London's Docklands, servicing a client list that included Habitat, The Tate Gallery, Depeche Mode, Bob Hoskins, Terry Jones, and Douglas Adams. Detail also carried out contracts for leading corporate clients, including the advertising agencies Abbott Mead Vickers and J Walter Thompson. During this time, Andrew designed and produced furniture and products for sale through retailers in New York and London, and designed bespoke commissions for use in commercials and television programmes.

Research and knowledge exchange

As director of the COaST research and knowledge exchange group Andrew has led research and evaluation projects for the Great Place Scheme (Heritage Lottery Fund), the Turner Contemporary art gallery (Margate), Creative People and Places (Arts Council England), the Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury), the Creative Foundation (Folkestone) and Watermans Arts (Hounslow). He has also worked on a number of knowledge exchange and consultancy projects, including the rebranding of the Kent Children's Fund Network (carried out as part of a funded KTP). His work has been presented nationally and internationally, including at the Houses of Parliment.

He is currently supervinsing PhDs in arts participation and evaluation and in sustainable packaging design strategy.

Teaching and subject expertise

Andrew teaches courses in advertising strategy, creative advertising and arts management. In the past he has taught in the areas of product design, design management, and the history and theory of art and design. He has been an external examiner in design management at Regent’s Business School London, and in design practice the CASS School of Design, London Metropolitan University. He has published in the area of design history and theory, including collaborations with the British Crafts Council, contributions to leading design magazines, and publication in international academic journals and conferences.

External activities

  • ‘Boatyard Bohos’ Authenticity Collective Symposium: Illuminating Authenticity in the Age of Post-truth, Canterbury Christ Church University,19 June 2018.
  • ‘SROI in the Art Gallery: Putting a Price on the Social Value of the Arts’ RE-VALUE – Rethinking the Value of Arts and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark, 8-11 November 2017.

  •  ‘Turner Contemporary Social Value Report (15/16)’, Launch event, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, 31st October 2016.

  • ‘From opera in living rooms to installations in white cubes: understanding participation, engagement and impact’ & ‘Breaking down barriers to engagement: The Bell Square Arts Project, Hounslow’ People Place Power. Increasing arts engagement: a national conference, CAST, Doncaster, 27-28 September 2016.

  • ‘From Arcades to Art Galleries: The Changing Faces of Margate Town’ Atmospheres, conference of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Everyday Life, University of Manchester, 1-2 July 2015.

  • ‘Building Cultural Capacity Though Arts Intervention’ East Kent Cultural Conversations III: A Sense of Place, Symposium, exhibition and networking event conference UCA Canterbury, 13 June 2014.

  • Conference organiser and convener, Seascapes: The Cultural Life of Seaside Towns. COaST Academic Conference, Turner Contemporary, 28 May 2014.

Publications and research outputs

  • ‘Teaching Creativity in the Context of a Business School’ in EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education, (Eds: Reyes-Munoz, A; Zheng, P; Crawford, D; Callaghan, V.), Zug: Springer International Publishing AG (2019).
  • Book review: Tinkers: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture’in Journal of Modern Craft, 12 (1) (2019).

  • Turner Contemporary Social Value Report (15/16), Margate: Turner Contemporary (2016).

  • Book review: Makers: The New Industrial Revolution’in Journal of Design History, 27 (3). (2014) 

  • ‘Understanding the Home Workshop: Project Space, Project Time, and Material Interaction’ in Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture 4 (2). (2013).

  • Report to the Creative Foundation on the Folkestone Triennial Review (with van Vuuren, W. Powell, S. and Apps, J.), Project Report (2012)


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