A crucial part of COMMON's work is undertaking research into socio-economic inequality across the UK theatre industry.

We are dedicated to keeping up-to-date with current developments in diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the industry.

Alongside pursuing our own research, we also collaborate with leading cultural sociologists, researchers and academics to support existing research into socio-economic inequality in Britain today. This enables us to better understand the relationship between an individual's socio-economic background and their ability to build a sustainable career in theatre.

We occasionally post links to research studies, policies or other relevant material published by theatres, arts organisations and funding bodies across the UK. If you come across any research you think we would be interested in and could include below, please don't hesitate to get in touch.



Arts, Creativity and Employability (ACE)

A participatory action research project between 
Abertay University and the Articulate Cultural Trust.

2018 / 2019



JULY 2019



The cultural non-participant: critical logics and discursive subject identities

MAY 2019


Stage Directors UK: The Directors Voice - Training and Career Development Study

JUNE 2018



Beyond the heartlands: deindustrialization, naturalization and the meaning of an ‘industrial’ tradition

APRIL 2018

Deindustrialization becomes a process of rewriting an historic identity –one that sheds new light on industrial loss in diverse situations, and at an ever-increasing distance from closure.


Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries

APRIL 2018

Published in April 2018, this is the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries.



Arts Council England's 2016/17 Diversity Report


Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case: A Data Report 2016 - 2017


‘Like Skydiving without a Parachute’: How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting




Heritage Work: The Preservations and Performances of Thames Sailing Barges

JULY 2017

Work has been central to studies of heritage practices in the context of deindustrialisation: how working identities and communities use or become used in the development of heritage-led regeneration.


Billy Elliot and Its Lineage: The Politics of Class and Sexual Identity in British Musicals since 1953




Cultural participation in Europe: Shared problem or shared problematisation?

MAY 2015


What’s the problem again? The problematisation of cultural participation in Scottish cultural policy

MARCH 2013