Associate Consultant

Dr Steven Hadley is an academic, consultant and researcher working internationally in arts management, cultural policy and audience engagement. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (researching Galway’s year as 2020 European Capital of Culture) and has held research posts at the Universities of Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany), where he teaches on the MA in Arts Management. Steven sits on the Steering Committee of the Cultural Research Network (USA) and the Editorial Boards of both Cultural Trends and the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy.


Steven has over 20 years of arts management experience in both the visual and performing arts and consults with a wide range of clients on both a short-term and ongoing basis, most recently with Irish Chamber Choir, Arts Council (Ireland) and NI Opera. Steven was formerly Chief Executive of Audiences NI, the audience development agency for Northern Ireland. Alongside writing for Arts Professional, The Stage, The Conversation and the Journal of Arts Marketing, Steven has delivered training and keynotes at conferences in Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Singapore and the Czech Republic. He has considerable experience of working with a wide range of arts organisations, funders, local authorities and government departments and sat on the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) Ministerial Arts Advisory Forum working to develop a new ten-year strategy for the arts. He holds an MA (Distinction), MBA (Distinction) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

His book, Audience Development and Cultural Policy, is published by Palgrave MacMillan.

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