Catherine Murray is Professor in the School of Communication, Co- Director of the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities and an associate of the Masters’ of Public Policy Program at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include cultural work and participation; cultural infrastructure and creative cities; cultural industries and especially broadcast policy in the creative economy; communication rights and global trade; and research design in audience and policy evaluation. Effective September 1,2009 she takes up a position as Chair of Women Studies until 2012.

Dr. Murray is a co-author of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Media in BC( 2007), Researching Audiences ( 2003) and “ BC’s Place Based Approach: Policy Devolution and Cultural Self-Determination ” forthcoming in Cultural Policy and Cultural Public Administration in Provincial and Territorial Governments in Canada ( 2009) and over 60 publications.


Dr. Murray's recent keynote speeches include:

  • Rhetoric and Reality about the Creative Economy: Prospects for  Museums?
    Fellows Lecture for the Canadian Museum Association April 27, 2009 Toronto, Ontario. Click Here for Word document
  • Post-Post Nationalism: Identity Projects, Politics and the Creative  Economy Turn
    Notes for a Luncheon Address To the Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts Policy Research Conference Identity, Culture, Belonging and Transnationalism Canadian War Museum
     April 21, 2009. Click Here for Word document

Recent publications include:

  • Mirjam Gollmitzer and Catherine Murray. 2008, From Ecology to  Economy: a policy framework for creative labour. Click here for PDF
  • Mirjam Gollmitzer and Catherine Murray.2009. Workflows and Flexicurity: Canadian Cultural Labour in the Era of the Creative Economy. Click here for Word document

She is currently Director of a Major Collaborative Research Initiative applying to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in the second round of adjudication for the Fall of 2009. This international network on Cultural Work, Urban Infrastructure and the Creative Economy involves a team of 25 researchers in five countries.
For more information on the proposal, click here (PDF).

For more information on the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture  and Communities, click here:
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Catherine Murray
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Simon Fraser University
School of Communication
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Burnaby, BC
Canada V5A 1S6