CoSTAR Foresight Lab - AHRC

The CoSTAR Foresight Lab is led by Goldsmiths, University of London with partners:

  • BFI
  • Loughborough University
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • i2 media
  • Julie’s Bicycle
  • Data Thistle
  • Arup
  • Olsberg SPI
  • Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

The Foresight Lab’s role in the CoSTAR network is to capture and disseminate a body of industry knowledge, trends and needs – present and future.

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Working with the CoSTAR network and the wider sector, the Foresight Lab will:

  • support market development for CoSTAR and the wider sector by collecting, synthesising and analysing multiple data types and sources to provide new forms of intelligence, insight and foresight, to inform research, innovation and investment
  • assist sector actors in understanding the opportunities and impacts of emerging technologies, and in planning and investing on the basis of a robust evidence base
  • deepen and exchange knowledge, insight and foresight on the development of advanced technologies in and for the creative industries, through a programme of events and reports, and a dynamic digital dashboard of industry intelligence
  • provide robust research and intelligence in a dynamic and agile way, anticipating and responding to the needs of industry and other collaborators and partners

The CoSTAR Foresight Lab will create a feedback loop between commercial collaborators, research and policymakers. This will encourage data sharing that will allow creative partners to use data-led approaches and insights to:

  • review and evaluate past performance, track current activity, and inform future investment
  • critically inform R&D challenges and technology adoption, and help assess return on investment
  • understand changing market and audience needs
  • investigate key questions relating to the carbon impact of sector activities
  • inform the skills needs and electronic data interchange (EDI) impacts and opportunities across the sector

Last updated: 7 December 2023

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