Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab

The AEI Lab research agenda centers on better understanding the role of arts and culture in innovation through experimental and quasi-experimental empirical research. The lab will focus on addressing the following research topics:

  • What is the artist's role in civic innovation?
  • What leadership role do artists play in emerging “platform” and “gig” economies?
  • Where does innovation and economic growth occur in the digital media sector?
  • Which arts sectors are linked to broader societal innovation, as reflected by U.S. economic and job growth?

  • Amma Adusei, M.P.A. student, SPEA IUPUI
  • Sian Mughan, Ph.D. candidate, SPEA Bloomington
  • Erin Query, M.P.A. student, SPEA IUPUI
  • Jessica Sherrod, Ph.D. candidate, SPEA Bloomington
  • Michael Weigel, M.P.A. student, SPEA IUPUI
  • Levon Williams, M.A.A.A. student, SPEA Bloomington

  • David Audretsch, Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
  • Tom Guevara, Director, Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Indiana University
  • Deana Haggag, President & CEO, United States Artists
  • Martin Kenney, Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of California–Davis
  • Angie Kim, President & CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation
  • Michael Rushton, Professor and Director of Arts Administration Programs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
  • John Michael Schert, Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Principal and Founder JMS & Company
  • Regan Stevenson, Assistant Professor, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
  • Tim Wojan, Regional Economist, Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture