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Karla Barnacle-Best

Associate Lecturer
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Karla has over 25 years’ experience as a manager within the arts, working for the likes of Arts Council England.

Karla has over 25 years’ experience as a producer and manager within the arts in the UK. She has also worked for Arts Council England managing the drama project funding portfolio. Most recently Karla has been exploring partnership and consortium development as well as setting up a Community Interest Company with her husband which focuses on teaching young people to make skateboards. She is currently working part-time as Joint Chief Executive at Discover Children's Story Centre.

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Rod Fisher

Associate Lecturer
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Rod has experience as a researcher and consultant on comparative cultural policy, cultural relations and management.

Rod Fisher has extensive experience as a researcher, consultant and lecturer on comparative cultural policy, cultural relations, cultural management training and the policy of European institutions in the cultural sector. He has conducted research, consultancy, lectured and chaired/moderated conferences in 33 countries worldwide. He has particular expertise on the cultures and policies of Europe and Asia.

For many year he worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain (initially as Information Officer and later as International Affairs Manager), as well as local authorities, where he programmed and administered arts and leisure services, festivals and venues. Subsequently, he established and directed his own consultancy, International Intelligence on Culture (formerly International Arts Bureau), delivering projects and services for institutions in the UK and overseas.  For example, in the mid 1990s he chaired the European Task Force on Culture & Development that produced the seminal report In from the Margins for the Council of Europe.

Today he chooses to work selectively, focusing on lecturing, and the occasional research project.

Academic qualifications

  • BA History (Sussex) 1965.


  • Visiting/Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths on the MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy (since 2002) and a contributor to the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy.
  • Visiting Lecturer at City University, London, running a module on Cultural Policy in Europe (subsequently International Cultural Co-operation and Policy) 1984-2007.
  • Visiting Lecturer at Jagellonian University Summer School, Krakow, 1991-1995.
  • Visiting Lecturer at Birkbeck, London, and in Lisbon, Bangkok, Barcelona etc at various times.

Professional Experience


  • Director European Cultural Foundation UK 2002-2012.
  • Member, Orientation Board, Fondation Marcel Hicter, Brussels, 1991-2007.
  • Member, UK Advisory Committee, Japan Foundation, 2005-2007
  • Co-founder, Cultural Information Research Centres, Research in Europe (CIRCLE) network (Chairman 1985-1994).

Featured Work

  •  Independent expert, Preparatory Action on Culture in European Union External Relations for Goethe-institut, Brussels, commissioned by the European Parliament,
  •  2013-2014.
  •  Co Chair, Final Conference in Beijing of the EU Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2012.
  •  Training in Transnational Cultural Cooperation Projects: Reflections and Challenges to Validation & Certification (with Karpodini-Dimitriadi, Dr E) for EU, published  by Marcel Hictor Foundation, Brussels, 2007.
  •  From Policy to Practise & Potential: A Cultural Dimension to the EU's External Relations, (ed), Boekmanstichting, Amsterdam , 2007
  •  Developing New Instruments to Meet Cultural Policy Challenges, (ed) report on international cultural policy seminar, Bangkok, Asia-Europe Foundation &  Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2005.
  •  Hong Kong Arts & Cultural Indicators (with Mercer, C), research project for Hong Kong Arts Development Council, 2004-2005.
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Chasity Johnson

Associate Lecturer
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Chasity Johnson is an Emmy-award winning social media and content strategist with more than 10 years of industry experience. Prior to moving to the U.K. from the U.S., Chasity worked with the likes of the Chicago Tribune and NBC5 Chicago, where she won an Emmy award in New Media Interactivity as a part of the NBC5 Chicago Street Team.

She was also a uniformed member of the U.S. Army National Guard where studied at the Defence Information School to become a public affairs specialist. Upon receiving this qualification, she accepted a position with the Department of Defence as the Northern Region Public Affairs Specialist for the Illinois National Guard, where her responsibilities included designing a military publication with a circulation of 13,000 and the facilitation of military participation in major motion pictures.

When not lecturing at Goldsmiths, Chasity currently works as a senior strategist at M&C Saatchi London, where her core responsibilities include ideating and developing native social media content that resonates with target audiences whilst reflecting client objectives, development of digital and social media campaigns and strategies, influencer marketing strategies, research and insights into the ever-changing algorithms and best practices of social media networks, the establishment and facilitation of editorial processes as well as the procurement and development of digital and social media properties.

Chasity is also currently a student on the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Goldsmiths.

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Tricia Jenkins

Associate Lecturer
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Tricia is a teacher and facilitator with over 30 years’ experience working in education and community settings.

Tricia is an associate lecturer on MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.  She is responsible primarily for managing work placements for students.

She started her career as a lecturer in media studies and media production in the further education sector and has, since then, worked in higher education, grant-making, consultancy, fundraising and development and project and partnership development in the arts and media sector.

She was Head of Training at the London Film and Video Development Agency between 1993 – 1998 and Head of Skills and Talent Development at Film London in 2005 – 2007.  She was Development Associate at Hi8us Projects from 2004 – 2008, responsible for fundraising and implementation of a multi-partner project across Europe, Inclusion Through Media.

In 2008, she co-founded DigiTales, an independent research and production company hosted by ICCE. DigiTales specialises in participatory media production, where community groups, media professionals and academic researchers collaborate to tell personal stories from local perspectives. DigiTales has either led or participated in a range of research activity across the EU and the UK, and most recently in Kenya.

Tricia is also an associate with consultancy Culture in Flux and a senior associate with participatory video company InsightShare, working on a range of projects including Living Cultures, a collaboration between InsightShare, the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oiltolo le Maa, a Maasai participatory video hub based in Kenya and Tanzania.  She is also delivering and managing the voice project for the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, creating participatory videos with older people in six countries across the globe.

Academic qualifications

PhD: What’s my Story?  Reframing the lives of older people through digital storytelling: an ethnographic study.  Middlesex University, 2021
PGCE (Distinction), English and Media Studies, London University Institute of Education (1983)
BA (Hons) 2:1, Bulmershe College of Higher Education, Reading (1981)


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Nuria Cortes Romero

Associate Lecturer
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Associate Lecturer

Nuria holds a B.Sc in Business Management and Administration from the University of Navarre, Spain. After her degree studies, she achieved an International Commerce Graduate Course for the Chamber of Commerce of Navarre, Spain. She also obtained her MA. in Leisure Management Projects (culture, sport, tourism, and recreation) at the Institute of Leisure Studies of the University of Deusto-Bilbao where, in 2016, read her Ph.D. in Leisure and Human Development.

Her Ph.D. research project studied the different methodologies for measuring and assessing both quantitative and qualitative impacts of major leisure events (culture, sport, and tourism). An extensive bibliographical revision of impact measurement methodologies (indexes and models) was carried out and the study was based on a variety of case studies at European and international levels (cities such as Stavanger, Sydney, Liverpool, London, Atlanta, Paris, and so on). Her doctoral journey also included a doctorate stay at the ICCE of Goldsmith, London.

From a professional perspective, she has a vast experience working as a Lecturer at the Tourism Department of the University of Deusto-Bilbao. She taught in the fields of Business, Leisure, and Tourism. Moreover, she has been involved in different research projects about leisure with the Institute of Leisure Studies. Some of them are related to the festival dimension of leisure, tourism-cultural heritage, competences of the cultural sector of Bizkaia, and children ́s educational entertainment.

Furthermore, as part of this collaboration, she was in charge of the field trip project developed between the Institute of Leisure Studies and L´Ecole Audencia Business School of Nantes, France for 7 years. This study tour is a yearly programme where a cohort of students from Nantes visits Bilbao to study the regeneration culture-led process of the city from a variety of perspectives/gazes.

For two years and a half, she has been collaborating with the World Leisure Organisation as a researcher looking for a world mapping of leisure institutions. And, also, as a member of the team of the intangible heritage research project.

In addition to her academic experience, Nuria has an extended experience of organising events, including a range of cultural events. She was Head of events at Dock-Bilbao, a hub belonging to a council building BFF: the first urban ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship located in Bilbao. There she has managed an integral production of corporate events, workshops, talks, meetings, exhibitions, and networks.

Besides, Nuria has volunteered to help coordinate and manage conferences at the international level such as ICCPR, ENCATC, Ociogune, and European Culture as well as one of the promoters of an initiative for networking to entrepreneurs called Speed Meeting.

Her research interests include the measurement of qualitative and quantitative impacts/outcomes of the major events, tourism (in all its ways and dimensions), urban regenerations, and city transformation from a glocal perspective of development projects.

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Professor Michael Hitchcock

Associate Lecturer
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Michael Hitchcock, formerly Professor in Cultural Policy and Tourism in ICCE, is an Associate Lecturer focussing on the Research Excellence Framework and postgraduate supervision

Michael Hitchcock has written and edited 14 books, including the bestselling Indonesian Textiles and Bali: The Imaginary Museum (with Lucy Norris). He has published over 50 papers in refereed journals and has numerous other published outputs, and has co-authored publications with Southeast Asian, Chinese and African researchers.

He is interested the management of World Heritage Sites, and the relationship between culture and tourism and form of development and regeneration. He has secured grants from a variety of sources such as the ESRC, British Academy, British Council/DfID, European Commission and the Macau Foundation, and has been a Strategic Referee for the AHRC. He is a qualified ESRC recognized PhD supervisor and has supervised 17 PhD students to completion.