Everyday Diversity in the UK Screen Industries
The UK screen sector is looking to strengthen and diversify its pool of creative talent and skills. Working with the British Film Institute and Creative Diversity Network, this AHRC Leadership Fellow project will conduct new research to help the screen sector achieve its ambitions for greater workforce diversity.
The project will:
- identify the most important situations in which employment and career opportunities are being granted or withheld: through recruitment, casting and crewing, but also through financing, commissioning or project management;
- explore how these situations could be changed to have better outcomes for workforce diversity;
- build Everyday Diversity, a set of innovative tools to help screen sector practitioners work towards diversity in their everyday business;
- embed the Everyday Diversity tool with practitioners and policymakers through a series of capacity building and dissemination activities.
Everyday Diversity is driven by the recognition that opportunity and inclusion in the UK’s screen industries are currently inequitably distributed; that opportunity and inclusion are influenced by individuals’ age, caring responsibilities, class, disability, gender, geographical location, pregnancy, race, religion or sexual orientation; that inequitable access to opportunity and inclusion is socially, culturally and economically undesirable as well as morally unjust; and that new insights and practices are needed to improve access to opportunity and inclusion.
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