Jon is Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. He is a former research fellow with CUSP. His research explores the conditions of cultural labour, and its social, policy and spatial contexts.

Jon is currently based at the University of Leeds. His research interests include issues around cultural and creative labour, and culture-led urban policy, particularly in relation to issues of sustainability. He obtained his PhD in sociology from the University of Kent. This research critically explored artistic labour and culture-led regeneration in two coastal towns and found that, while being an artist may be considered a kind of ‘good job’, there remain important structural issues that limit access to the field and further call in to question the sustainability of artist-led regeneration.

Jon was working on the A Theme in CUSP, exploring the role of art and culture in sustainable prosperity.


Ward, J (2016). Down by the sea: visual arts, artists and coastal regeneration, International Journal of Cultural Policy.

Ward, J and P Hubbard (Forthcoming). Urban regeneration through culture, in T Schwanen and R van Kempen (eds.). Handbook of Urban Geography. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.