Watson, Allan

Loughborough University
United Kingdom

Allan Watson is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK, and Associate Director of the Globalisation and World Cities (GaWC) research network. Allan has published widely on the economic geographies of the music industry and the wider creative and media industries in leading academic journals, as well as authoring the monograph Cultural Production in and Beyond the Recording Studio (Routledge, 2014). Allan is also co-editor of Rethinking Creative Cities Policy: Invisible Agents and Hidden Protagonists (Routledge, 2015); Global City Makers: Economic Actors and Practices in the World City Network (Edward Elgar, 2018); and Music Cities: Evaluating a Global Cultural Policy Concept (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).


  • Editorial
    Over the past 20 years, interest in the ‘creative city’ concept and the ways in which cities might be re-imagined and place-branded through specific creative and cultural identities and activities has increased exponentially (Andersson et al.; Cooke and Lazzeretti; Evans; Grodach; Landry), with urban policy-makers in particular seeking to find ways to leverage these identities to drive a...Read more