Jim Shorthose left school at 16 and went to work down the pit. In 1983 he came to NTU to study Social Sciences and went on to finish a Ph.D at Warwick University Business School.
He taught at various universities, mostly the cross-over terrain between art & design, philosophy and more business-ey stuff. 2000-2003, he worked with his friend Professor Colin Mercer to establish the Cultural Policy and Planning Research Unit, where they did some of the earliest cultural policy and creative industries research consultations in the UK.
From 2003, along with Frank Abbott, he co-directed Creative Collaborations, a Broadway-NTU partnership providing tangible support for creative business start-up and growth. This work continued as Nottingham Creative Network alongside writing articles and books (Further details here), international research consultations, some university lecturing, and helping with various local freelance creative projects. Since 2014 he has been working on the make to make project and was founding chair for ROOTS UP.
“Humans feel connected by conversation. Dialogue can lead to collaboration and a viable means to creating sustainable social cohesion.”