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Sam Murray

01642 384060
Job title:
Research Associate
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Sam Murray

Sam Murray is a research associate for the Creative Fuse North East project at Teesside University. His role is to work on the project's innovation pilots and is conducting research around creative policy making. He is also working with Prof Natasha Vall to explore the impact of creative fuse in the devolved Tees Valley and the opportunity it presents for innovate policy.  

He joined the Creative Fuse team after working with Creative Cardiff on their mapping project resulting in the report Cardiff Creative Capital: Mapping Cardiff’s Creative Economy. Sam also worked as a research associate for the Festivals Research Group at Cardiff University taking part in an innovative interdisciplinary project exploring the Sŵn festival. He is currently completing a PhD which is an ethnography of the music scene in Portland, Oregon.

Research interests

Sam’s research interests include creative policy-making and examining the impact of devolution on cultural policy. He is also interested in how the arts can be used as part of cultural regeneration.

Research projects & external funding

Creative Fuse North East - AHRC/ACE Funded Project 

External roles and professional activities

  • Member of Special Advisory Committee to Welsh Assembly on Music Education 

  • Member of Regional Committee for North Region - Musicians' Union 

  • Composer Member of Performing Rights Society 

External research collaborations

Creative Fuse North East with Teams from Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbria University and University of Sunderland. 

Enterprise interests

Through the Creative Fuse pilot projects Sam Murray is working with a variety of culture and digital business across the north east including@ Unfolding Theatre, Tees Valley Arts, Bowes Museum, Festival of Thrift, Theatre Hullabaloo and Sage Gateshead.  


Murray, S. (2017). Creative Cardiff: Utilising cultural mapping for community engagement. City, Culture and Society. Volume 11. pp. 4-11. 

Mulville, J., Murray S. et al. (2017). A Spotlight on Sŵn Music Festival 2016. Cardiff University: Cardiff. 

Murray S. and Taylor A. (2016). Mapping Cardiff's Creative Economy. Cardiff University: Cardiff. 

Murray, S. (2016). Musical Strategies in Breaking Down Borders. Green European Journal. Online.