The Creativity Research Group's ethos is based on a broad definition of creativity and adopts a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account various technical, social, cultural, economic and political dimensions relating to the explanation, theorisation and generation of creative practices.
The Creativity Research Group is a new initiative jointly led by Professor Janet Chan and Dr Kerry Thomas.
The focus of the Group is based on existing and emerging research projects in examining:
Conceptualisations of creativity in different domains
Empirical research on creativity
Institutional constraints and creative practice
Processes, methods, technologies and adaptations
The role of education in creative practice
Artists and their relations with the field of creative production
Interdisciplinarity and collaborative creativity
Multimodality, the digital and creativity
The focus of the Group will continue to be expanded or modified as new members or collaborations are included.
Current project: Handbook of Research on Creativity
Professor Janet Chan and Dr Kerry Thomas
This handbook aims to provide an overview of various approaches to and perspectives on the study of creativity. In this volume creativity is defined broadly--it encompasses a range of theories, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes in different social, cultural and political contexts. It is accepted that the definition of creativity is often socially, historically and institutionally determined.
Chapters present research conducted by respected international scholars working in a range of disciplines including history, art history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research covers creative practice in a variety of fields including art, aesthetics, design, new media, education, science, engineering and technology.
The handbook is published by Elgar.