My research aims to understand how cultural institutions accommodate and navigate hybrid tensions – between their traditional identity as institutions occupying a physical place, and a new virtual digital space during the Covid-19 crisis. The research explores the do-ability of digital projects through an institutional lens. I am employing a comparative case study design, examining a theoretical sample of arts and heritage institutions across Northern Ireland. This sample is studied against a body of literature from the fields of institutional theory, organizational behaviour, business innovation, arts management and history.
Prior to commencing this doctoral research I gained a MA with Distinction in Arts Management and I also worked within the sector. Therefore my research is informed by both theory and practice.