Aurelia Ayisi holds an honours degree from the University of Ghana in Sociology and Theatre Arts and an M.A in Media and Cultural Analysis from Loughborough University. She was formerly a teaching assistant for adult literacy in the Institute of Continuing and Distance Education Department at the University of Ghana. Aurelia is passionate about culture, creativity and innovation and has been part of a significant number of cultural works including art festivals and theatre productions at the Theatre Arts department of University of Ghana.
Aurelia is currently a second year doctoral researcher at Bath Spa University. Her research focuses on the creative economy of South West England with particular highlights on the cultural entrepreneurship in Bath and Bristol. Using qualitative methods her research aims to provide a critical examination of the concepts of cultural economy in British cities through its analysis of cultural entrepreneurs’ activities in Bath and Bristol. Her research aims to answers two key questions:
• In what ways do Bristol and Bath function as creative hubs that encourage cultural entrepreneurship?
• How do cultural entrepreneurs make decisions about where to locate their enterprises?
Aurelia is actively engaged with the academic community in Bath Spa and the wider community both academic and social. She has been part of a number of workshops, seminar, conferences and public lectures that engage with creative city discourse. Aurelia’s conference presentations include:
- Ayisi, A. (2014) ‘Exploring the relevance of social networks to cultural entrepreneurs’, MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference 2014, University of Leeds, 23-24.06.14
- Ayisi, A. (2014) ‘The role of social networks to cultural entrepreneurs’, The First Annual Early-Stage and Early-Career Conference, Bath Spa University,12-13.06.14
- Ayisi, A. (2015) Creative Employment: An Intricate Kind of Independence. SEE Research Futures Day.Bath Spa University, 27.03.15