Angela McRobbie has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. She carried out her early work at Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, her most recent books include The Aftermath of Feminism 2008, Be Creative 2015. Currently completing Feminism, Neoliberalism and Popular Culture (Polity 2019).
Angela is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour and Thinking Allowed and writes for OpenDemocracy and for The Guardian Comment is Free.
For more than 20 years Angela McRobbie has investigated the practices of fashion design as creative labour, with particular emphasis on micro-enterprises and more recently ‘start ups’. She has published extensively on this topic and is currently completing a monograph based on the AHRC-funded CREATe project titled Fashion Micro-enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan. The focus of this work is on the impact of the Euro-zone economic crisis of 2008 for arts and fashion graduates, the impact of pro-active urban cultural policy regimes and the consequences for London’s young designers of the aggressive neoliberalisation of the last 2 decades, and their being ‘costed out’ of the city.