Oliver Peterson Gilbert

Staff details

Oliver Peterson Gilbert


Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for UNCHARTED project


Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship


o.petersongilbert (@gold.ac.uk)

Sociology of art, cultural policy, curatorial practice, ethnomusicology, cultural history, and the creative industries.

Oliver is a research fellow for the Horizon2020 Uncharted programme (http://uncharted-culture.eu/) working alongside ICCE’s Professor Victoria Alexander and Dr Oonagh Murphy. The Uncharted programme comprises ten partner universities across Europe and seeks to interrogate the societal value of culture in a variety of social and institutional contexts. The ICCE research team focuses on trans-European comparative analyses of art institutions, cultural policy, neoliberalism, and psychosocial studies of cultural participation.

Academic qualifications

  • PGCE HE, University Of London 2018
  • Ph.D., University Of Southampton / Tate 2016
  • MA (Distinction), King’s College London 2012

Research interests

Oliver’s research interests centre on visual art institutions, artistic and musical practices, cultural policy and the creative industries.

Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Oliver was a Senior Arts Policy Advisor in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) having previously held academic posts at King’s College London, Birkbeck College, University of London, University of Southampton, London College of Creative Media, and the Open University. Outside academia, he has undertaken curatorial and research roles with the Tate and worked as a freelance curator, journalist, editor, music promoter and DJ.

To date, Oliver’s funded research outputs include: varied accounts of the impact of cultural policy and corporate sponsorship on the consumption of pop art in the 1960s; a public exhibition exploring the history of modern jazz and ‘jazz art’ in Britain; a report into the UK’s contemporary digital start-up ecosystem; a study of digital mediation in live broadcast DJ performances, and a suite of curatorial methodologies predicated on sociological and anthropological practice.