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Cultural Institute supports CMCI research ideas

From a ‘random walks’ app to explain complex mathematics to a music video that acts as a therapeutic tool for people hearing voices, the Cultural Institute at King’s will be supporting eight academics from across King’s to develop new ideas as part of its Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers, two of whom are PhD students from CMCI.

To help realise the ideas, the Cultural Institute has partnered each academic with relevant experts from the cultural sector – from app developers to the London College of Fashion, the V&A and UK Music – who will provide a real-life lens for them to explore their research.

The academics were selected following 30 applications from across the College. In addition to brokering and supporting the cultural partnerships and project development between August and December, the Cultural Institute will be contributing to the costs of each project.

The successful CMCI Doctoral candidates are:

  • Toby Bennett, who will work with UK Music UK to help understand the challenges facing the music industry and how he relationship between academia and the industry can be improved
  • Michal Ben-David, who will work with TV executives to develop new management methods and tools that can drive innovation in the future TV industry

Talking about the projects, Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, said:

“The open application process across King’s has delivered a wide range of ideas across a number of disciplines, each of which promises to have real impact. Partnership with the cultural sector will provide a unique opportunity for these academics to gain a fresh perspective on their thinking and ensure their ideas have genuine resonance. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these exciting collaborations”

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