Dr Mark Taylor


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Mark is Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at the Sheffield Methods Institute, and the Director of the MA in Social Research. Before Sheffield, Mark worked as a research associate on the large AHRC Connected Communities-funded Understanding Everyday Participation: Articulating Cultural Values project, based at the University of Manchester; he previously worked at the University of York, and received his DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Mark’s background is in sociology and philosophy, but his research interests are interdisciplinary, across sociology, cultural policy, cultural economy, music, and other fields. His research primarily focuses on understanding the relationship between culture and inequality, broadly-defined, and he has worked with a wide range of partners both within academia and across the cultural sector.

Research Interests

Mark's research covers four main areas: social inequality in cultural consumption; the social makeup of cultural and creative work, and how this has changed over time; the attitudes and values of people working in the cultural and creative sectors; and the evidence for the social impact of culture. He was co-investigator on the 2017-18 AHRC project "Who is missing from the picture? The problem of inequality in the creative economy and what we can do about it." He's also involved in the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities' Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship scheme as Fellowship Coordinator (2018) and mentor (2019).

His recent research along with colleagues is summarised in the paper Panic: Social Class, Taste, and Inequalities in the Creative Industries, distributed by Barbican.

Current Research

Mark's current research includes:

Panic! What happened to social mobility in the arts? is a collaboration with Create London, Barbican, the Guardian, Goldsmiths, and the British Art Show. This project collected primary survey and interview data on people working in the cultural sector.

Who is missing from the picture? The problem of inequality in the creative economy and what we can do about it is an AHRC-funded project investigating social inequality in creative work, focusing particularly on changes in the social origins in the creative sector over time, and on the attitudes and values of people working in creative work. It is a collaboration between the SMI, the Edinburgh College of Art, Barbican, Create London, and Arts Emergency.

Makerspaces in the early years: enhancing digital literacy and creativity is an ERC-funded project investigating maker cultures and young children, partnering makerspaces in a wide range of countries with universities. Through this project, Mark was seconded to Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia) and FabLab Berlin.

Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture, based at Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia) is an ARC-funded project investigating the value of culture beyond dollar amounts. Mark worked in Adelaide for a month investigating existing survey data to understand how people articulated their experiences of the Adelaide Festival.


 Some of Mark's recent research includes:

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