Dr Sophie Bennett PhD Management and Business, Msc Econ Masters, BA Hons

Dr Sophie Bennett

Lecturer in Management

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Sophie's research is primarily focused within the Creative Industries; specifically it considers the way in which this sector can inform current organisational practice and policy. Her current work involves a study of Craftspeople and Artists based in Mid and West Wales. It examines how creative people balance the need to both earn an income and gain self-fulfilment from work to maintain successful creative enterprises, and the wider implications of this within both an organisational and regional economic context.

Sophie graduated in 2002 with a BA (hons) Drama Degree. In 2011 she completed an MscEcon Management Degree specialising in the Creative Industries and was awarded the Director's Prize for MscEcon Management. In 2016 she obtained her Doctorate from Aberystwyth University, funded by a Knowledge Skills Economy Scholarship Award.

For more information about this research please visit LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/pub/sophie-bennett/52/a89/282



Creative Industries, Motivation, Small Business Management, Regional Economic Development

Office Hours (Student contact times)

  • Tuesday 11:00-12:00
  • Friday 12:00-13:00



Bowen, R., Bennett, S. 2017. Enhancing student involvement through action-learning residential workshops. Aberystwyth University Learning and Teaching Conference 2017. Cadair

Bennett, S., Bowen, R. 2017. Brexit: Implications for the Food and Craft Industries. WISERD Annual Conference 2017. Cadair


Bowen, R., Bennett, S. 2016. Selling places: Using place-based marketing to promote regional produce: The case of Rhondda Cynon Taff. Nation Branding and the Creative Industries. Cadair


Bennett, S.S., McGuire, S., Rahman, R.J. 2014. Living Hand to Mouth: Why the Bohemian Lifestyle Does Not Lead to Wealth Creation in Peripheral Regions. European Planning Studies 23 (12) pp. 2390-2403. 10.1080/09654313.2014.988010 Cadair


Bennett, S., McGuire, S., Rahman, R. 2013. Creative Misfits – how motivation factors for Pro-Creative artists can inform HRM research. British Academy of Management Conference 2013. Other Cadair

Bennett, S. 2013. Craftsperson, Hobbyist or Micro-Enterprise: The Rise of the Pro-C Artist in the periphery regions of Mid and West Wales. RSA Annual Conference. Other Cadair


Bennett, S. 2012. The Roots of Creativity: Lessons we can learn from hand-to-mouth creativity. RSA Winter Conference. Other Cadair

Bennett, S. 2012. Lost in Art: Self-Awareness, the Theory of Flow and the Artistic Creative. Situating and Interpreting States of Mind Conference 1700-2000. Cadair