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.
McHattie L, Champion K & Johnson M (2019) Crafting the local: the lived experience of craft production in the Northern Isles of Scotland. Cultural Trends, 28 (4), pp. 305-316. https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2019.1644791
McHattie L, Champion K & Broadley C (2018) Craft, textiles, and cultural assets in the Northern Isles: innovation from tradition in the Shetland Islands. Island Studies Journal, 13 (2), pp. 39-54. https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.47
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. 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Rome, Italy, 12.04.2017-14.04.2017. The Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S550-S565. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1353003
Champion K & Jaramillo G (2017) Harmonics: Towards Enlightened Evaluation. 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Rome, Italy, 12.04.2017-14.04.2017. The Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S3226-S3237. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352828
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. 20th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference ADMC16, Boston, MA, USA, 22.07.2016-29.07.2016. Boston, MA, USA: Design Management Institute, pp. 121-149. http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/5016/
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 (eds.) Proceedings of DRS 2016: The 50th Anniversary DRS Conference 2016, Future-Focused Thinking, Volume 5. DRS International Conference Series. DRS2016: Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Brighton, 27.06.2016-30.06.2017. London: Design Research Society, pp. 1739-1758. http://www.drs2016.org/proceedings/
Kelly LW & Champion K (2015) Shaping screen talent: conceptualising and developing the film and TV workforce in Scotland. Cultural Trends, 24 (2), pp. 165-175. https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2015.1031482
Champion K (2014) The difference that place makes: a case study of creative industries in Greater Manchester. In: Schramme A, Kooyman R & Hagoort G (eds.) Beyond Frames: Dynamics Between the Creative Industries, Knowledge Institutions and the Urban Context. Delft: Eburon Academic Publishers, pp. 132-140. http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/4309/
Champion K (2013) Problematising a homogenous spatial logic for the creative industries. In: Hotho S & MacGregor N (eds.) Changing the Rules of the Game: Economic and Management Issues in the Computer Games Industry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 9-27. http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/4310/
Hotho S & Champion K (2011) Small businesses in the new creative industries: innovation as a people management challenge. Management Decision, 49 (1), pp. 29-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251741111094428
Hotho S & Champion K (2010) "We are always after that balance" – managing innovation as ambidexterity in the new digital media industries. Journal of Technology, Management and Innovation, 5 (3), pp. 36-50. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242010000300003
Champion K (2010) Squeezing the spaces of creative production: a case study of the Northern Quarter in Manchester, UK. Regions Magazine, 277 (1), pp. 20-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/13673882.2010.948531
Champion K (2009) Cheap Space: The Foundation of a Creative Milieu? (Presentation) RSA Research Network Conference: Creative Industries, Scenes, Cities, Places: Idiosyncratic Dimensions of the Cultural Economy, University of Cardiff, 22.04.2009-22.04.2009. http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/4152/
Champion K (2008) The difference that place makes: a case study of creative industries in Greater Manchester. RGS-IBG Postgraduate Conference, University of Liverpool, 01.03.2008-01.03.2008. http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/4151/
Champion K (2007) Developing Creative Cities. The Vital City, European Urban Research Association (EURA) 10th Anniversary conference, University of Glasgow, 12.09.2007-14.09.2007. https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_42038_en.pdf
Murray K, Adams D & Champion K (2007) Developing creative cities: a perspective from the UK. When Creative Industries Crossover with Cities, Hong Kong, China, 02.04.2007-03.04.2007. http://www.hkip.org.hk/ci/eng/page2.html