Katherine is a Lecturer in Media and Communication. She is Primary Investigator on the RSE funded project: ‘’From the margins to the centre: the role of creative hubs in supporting contemporary craft and creative workers in rural and remote geographies’, Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Design Innovation for New Growth (DING)’ and Co-Investigator on the Carnegie funded project ‘Nurturing Scottish Screen Industries Talent: The Case of Outlander’.
Prior to taking up her current post at Stirling, she was employed as a Research Fellow at The Glasgow School of Art on the AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub ‘Design in Action’ project and the ‘Creative Futures Partnership’ between GSA and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Katherine holds a PhD from the Urban Studies Department at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis examined the role of place to creative industries sector within the context of a transforming regional city, Manchester UK. Since completing her thesis she has worked in a range of roles in academia (Institute of Design Innovation, The Glasgow School of Art; Dundee Business School, University of Abertay; Centre for Cultural Policy Research, The University of Glasgow) as well as in the private sector (New Media Partners; CCA Global). She has also undertaken a range of freelance work for the Work Foundation, Local Government Association, Creative Scotland and CCA Global.
Katherine’s research interests include the spatial organisation of creative and digital media industries, digital and creative industries policy, creative labour and management practices within the sector, culture-led regeneration and creative cities, multi-platform media strategy and she particularly welcomes PhD students whose work relates to any of these areas.
Champion K & Jaramillo G (2017) Harmonics: Towards Enlightened Evaluation In: , Taylor and Francis. 12th European Academy of Design Conference, 12.4.2017 - 14.4.2017, Rome, Italy, The Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S3226-S3237.
Broadley C, Champion K & McHattie L (2017) Materiality Matters: Exploring the use of design tools in innovation workshops with the craft and creative sector in the Northern Isles of Scotland In: , Taylor and Francis. 12th European Academy of Design Conference, 12.4.2017 - 14.4.2017, Rome, Italy, The Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S550-S565.
Johnson MP, Champion K, McHattie L & White G (2016) Beyond the bottom line: redefining the value of design in SME formation In: The 20th dmi: Academic Design Management Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, USA: Design Management Institute. 20th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference ADMC16, 22.7.2016 - 29.7.2016, Boston, MA, USA, pp. 121-149.
Broadley C, Champion K, Johnson MP & McHattie L (2016) From Participation to Collaboration: Reflections on the Co-Creation of Innovative Business Ideas In: Lloyd P, Bohemia E (ed.) Proceedings of DRS 2016: The 50th Anniversary DRS Conference 2016, Future-Focused Thinking, Volume 5, London: Design Research Society. DRS2016: Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, 27.6.2016 - 30.6.2017, Brighton, pp. 1739-1758.
Champion K (2014) The difference that place makes: a case study of creative industries in Greater Manchester. In: Schramme A, Kooyman R, Hagoort G (ed.). Beyond Frames: Dynamics Between the Creative Industries, Knowledge Institutions and the Urban Context, Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers, pp. 132-140.
Champion K (2013) Problematising a homogenous spatial logic for the creative industries. In: Hotho S, MacGregor N (ed.). Changing the Rules of the Game: Economic and Management Issues in the Computer Games Industry, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 9-27.
Champion K (2009) Cheap Space: The Foundation of a Creative Milieu?. RSA Research Network Conference: Creative Industries, Scenes, Cities, Places: Idiosyncratic Dimensions of the Cultural Economy, 22.4.2009 - 22.4.2009, University of Cardiff.
Champion K (2008) The difference that place makes: a case study of creative industries in Greater Manchester. Poster at RGS-IBG Postgraduate Conference, 1.3.2008 - 1.3.2008, University of Liverpool. Available at: http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/4151/
Murray K, Adams D & Champion K (2007) Developing creative cities: a perspective from the UK. When Creative Industries Crossover with Cities, 2.4.2007 - 3.4.2007, Hong Kong, China. Available from: http://www.hkip.org.hk/ci/eng/page2.html
Champion K (2007) Developing Creative Cities. The Vital City, European Urban Research Association (EURA) 10th Anniversary conference, 12.9.2007 - 14.9.2007, University of Glasgow. Available from: https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_42038_en.pdf