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


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

JUNE 2018



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

January 2018

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



Heritage Work: The Preservations and Performances of Thames Sailing Barges

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.


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

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.