Dr Mark Taylor

Sheffield Methods Institute

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences and AHRC Leadership Fellow

Dr Mark Taylor
+44 114 222 8380

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Dr Mark Taylor
Sheffield Methods Institute
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

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.



  • Brook O, Taylor M & O'Brien D (2020) Culture Is Bad for You Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries. Manchester University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bell A, Hartman T, Piekut A, Rae A & Taylor M (2020) Making Sense of Data in the Media. Sage. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Brook O, O’Brien D & Taylor M (2020) Art Workers, Inequality, and the Labour Market: Values, Norms, and Alienation Across Three Generations of Artists, The Sociology of Arts and Markets (pp. 75-96). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Graham H, Hill K, Matthews P, O'Brien D & Taylor M (2019) Connecting epistemologies and the early career researcher In Fenby-Hulse K, Heywood E & Walker K (Ed.), Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher: Lived Experiences, New Perspectives RIS download Bibtex download
  • Taylor M, Brook O & O'Brien D (2019) The creative economy, the creative class and cultural intermediation In Jones P, Perry B & Long P (Ed.), Cultural Intermediaries Connecting Communities: Revisiting Approaches to Cultural Engagement (pp. 27-42). Bristol: Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download


Current research

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.