Claire Burnill-Maier

Claire Burnill-Maier


I joined the School of Performance and Cultural Industries in 2016 as a PhD researcher.

Having obtained my BA at the University of Exeter (1992-96)  and my MSc at the University of Bath (1999-2000) My knowledge and  interest in culture, cutural policy and cultual studies developed following my initial professional expereince as the Head of Music in a school in Sri Lanka coupled with my MSc studies which culminated in a thesis engaging with themes of representation and power in post-colonial contexts.  This has later translated into an interest in participation and inclusion within cultural policy as well as my current research focus on organisational autonomy.

Currently I teach as part of the University of Leeds School of Performance and Cultural Industries teaching team where I have contributed to modules including Cultural Management and Research Perspectives.  I also teach at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences both in Munich and Berlin where I deliver courses in Intercultural Communication.  I have also taught Cultural Management, Events Management and Intercultural Management courses at the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, as well as at the Fachhochschule Salzburg, Austria.

I live with my husband and two children in Southern Germany where I not only indulge in a plethora of cultural offerings but also enjoy skiing, mountain biking, running, and hiking


Research interests

My research is concerned with the extent to which arts and cultural organisations are able to act autonomously in spite of increasingly instrumental policy demands.  The research draws from the 'Institutional Logics' perspectives of Thornton et al (2011) and explores the ways in which organisations amass various non-economic capitals - both material and symbolic - which contribute to their capacity within their institutional field.  My research uses Oldham as a case study.


  • BA (Hons) English and Drama Education
  • MSc. International Development