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Simon Dancey (Creative & Cultural Skills)

Phase 1 Co-Investigator
Creative & Cultural Skills
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Simon has worked in the cultural sector for 25 years, initially as a musician and music promoter. He was formerly Global Director, Cultural Skills at the British Council, a role that ranged from apprenticeship training at the Rio Olympics to cultural heritage policy work in Myanmar. He is a former trustee of Arts Council Wales and previous roles include Director, Wales at the British Council and Director of Community Music Wales. From 2008 to 2012 Simon was Nations and International Director for Creative & Cultural Skills. He has recently completed a PhD in International Cultural Policy.

Simon has worked as a professional musician, producer, tour manager and sound engineer. Simon developed the UK’s first Community record label and touring circuit, Complete Control Music.

He has a wealth of international training and advisory experience, having worked with NGOs, government organisations, and agencies including the European Union and UNESCO.

In addition to practice and policy, Simon is currently engaged as an academic, having recently completed a PhD in International Policy, with a specific emphasis on Latin America.

In relation to two case studies in Colombia and Brazil, his thesis addressed key components of cultural policy paradigms, the impact of neoliberalism on cultural policy nationally and internationally, as well as power structures and hegemonic paradigms.

Simon’s research interests include social justice and culture, international cultural policy and practice, public intellectuals, culture and education, social class and social transformation, hegemony, power and neoliberalism.

Simon is the Co-Investigator of the Phase 1 Colombia project 'Tales of the Future.'

Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Dr Simon Dancey are listed below:

Beyond the Development Imaginary: Alternative Policy in Brazil and ColombiaThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 3 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Dr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, , brazil colombia locationarticle language-english
Relatos del futuro/ The Future is Unwritten (Colombia)Co-Investigator Simon Dancey Changing the Story’s Phase 1 Colombia strand incorporates two areas of research. The first, an experimental project that seeks to stimulate creativity among young people dwelling at …Dr Simon Dancey, , , colombia phase1 locationfilm subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
Phase One Critical Review: The Future is Unwritten (Colombia)Written by Dr Simon Dancey and Emily Morrison this critical review of the Phase One Colombia project explores what is known about social imaginaries in Colombia in existing literature and …Dr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, , , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections youth
Tales of the Future – ColombiaBlog (2018/04/05) Tales of the Future – ColombiaDr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , colombia phase1 locationblog language-english