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Brian Hracs

Brian Hracs

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Department of Social and Economic Geography

Visiting address:
Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsg. 10
Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 UPPSALA

Brian is originally from Toronto, Canada. His research interests include the impact of digital technologies and competition on the employment experiences of entrepreneurs in the creative economy and the spatial flows of talent. In earlier research, Brian has also examined culturally driven strategies for economic development in rural communities, gentrification in artistic quarters and the role public spaces play in fostering civic conversations.

 

Biography

External Website:

https://brian-hracs.squarespace.com/main-page

Education:

2005–2010 PhD, Geography, University of Toronto, Canada

2003–2005 MA, Geography,  York University, Canada

1999–2003 BA (with First Class Honours), Geography and Political Science, Brock University, Canada

Past Positions:

2010–2011 Post Doctoral Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

2009–2010 Research Assistant, Martin Prosperity Institute, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

2005–2009 Research Assistant, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions. Funded by a Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

Selected Publications:

Hracs, B. J., D. Jakob and A. Hauge. (In Press) ‘Standing Out In The Crowd: The rise of exclusivity-based strategies to compete in the contemporary marketplace for music and fashion.’ Environment and Planning A

 

Hracs, B. J. (In Press) ‘Cultural Intermediaries in the Digital Age: The Case of Independent Musicians and Managers in Toronto.’ Regional Studies 

 

Hracs, B. J. and K. Stolarick. (In Press) ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed? Individual preferences, experiences and mobility.’ Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Economic Innovation. Ed J. L. Grant. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

Hracs, B. J.  (2013) ‘Economic Geography: An Institutional Approach’ by Roger Hayter and Jerry Patchell.’ The Canadian Geographer 57(1): e14

 

Hracs, B. J. (2012) ‘A Creative Industry In Transition: The rise of digitally-driven independent music production.’ Growth and Change 43(3): 443-462.

Hracs, B. J., J. L. Grant, J. Haggett and J. Morton. (2011) ‘A Tale of Two Scenes: Civic capital and retaining musical talent in Toronto and Halifax.’ The Canadian Geographer 55(3): 365-382.

Stolarick, K,. B. J. Hracs and R. Florida (2010). ‘Occam’s Curse, Dialectics, and the Creative City.’ City, Culture and Society 1(4): 175-177. 

Hauge, A. and B. J. Hracs. (2010) ‘See the Sound, Hear the Style: Collaborative linkages between indie musicians and fashion designers in local scenes.’ Industry and Innovation 17(1): 113–129. 

Hracs, B. J. (2009) ‘Beyond Bohemia: Geographies of everyday creativity for musicians in Toronto’. Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Eds T. Edensor, D. Leslie,  S. Millington and N. Rantisi. London: Routledge

Hracs, B. J. (2009) ‘Building Ontario’s Music Economies.’ Published as a peer-reviewed working paper within the Ontario in the Creative Age report prepared by the Martin Prosperity Institute for the Province of Ontario. 

Hracs, B. J. and B. H. Massam (2008). ‘Places/Spaces of Celebration and Protest: Citizenship, civic conversations and the promotion of rights and obligations.’ Canadian Journal of Urban Research 17(1): Supplement Pages 63–81

Hracs, B. J. (2007). ‘Toronto’s Culturally Driven Gentrification.’ UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies. Vol. 16.

Massam, B. H. and B. J. Hracs (2005). ‘Cultural Facilities as Important Elements of a Sustainable City: the example of Toronto, Canada’. Society, Economy, Environment - Towards the Sustainable City. I. Sagan and D. M. Smith. Gdansk, Poland, Research and Education Centre for Urban Socio-Economic Development: 107–120. 

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures:

2013 ‘You Can’t Find This Online’: Curation and Consumption in Local Record Shops and Fashion Boutiques’ Conference Presentation American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, April 9-13.

 

2013 ‘Performing Aesthetic Labor On Stage and Online: The Case of Independent Musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, April 9-13.

 

2013 ‘Understanding the Contemporary Creative Economy: A Systemic Approach.’ Invited Lecture: School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, February 26.

 

2013 ‘An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Creative Industries.’ Invited Lecture: School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, February 26.

 

2012 ‘The New Geography of Music Production: Why Small, Supportive and Remote Scenes are Attracting Musical Talent’ Invited Lecture: Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, October 12. 

 

2012 ‘Why Bigger Is Not Always Better: The Link Between Social Dynamics and Regional Competitiveness.’ Invited Lecture: Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, September 18.

 

2012 ‘From Experiences to Exclusivity: Strategies to Stand Out in the Crowded Marketplace.’ Invited Lecture: Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, September 17.

 

2012 ‘Let’s Team Up:’ Adding exclusivity and value by enrolling consumers in the process of designing, producing and promoting cultural products.’Conference Presentation: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference, Edinburgh, July 3-5. 

 

2012 ‘Spaces of Creative Work in the Digital Age: The Case of indie Musicians.’ Conference Presentation: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference, Edinburgh, July 3-5.

 

2012 ‘Competing in the ‘Crowded’ Creative Economy: The Case of  Independent Musicians and Fashion Designers.’ Conference Presentation: ‘Experience the Creative Economy’ Conference. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto,Toronto, Ontario, June 19-22.

 

2012 ‘Why Bigger Is Not Always Better: The Growing Importance Of Social Dynamics To Regional Competitiveness In Canada (and Europe?).’ Conference Presentation: Regional Studies Association, Creative Industries in Europe III: Challenges and Opportunities,  Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, April 18-19.

 

2012 ‘The role of economic and social sustainability in attracting and retaining creative talent.’ Invited lecture: Research and Education Centre for Urban Socio-Economic Development (RECOURSE), University of Gdansk, Poland, April 4.

 

2012 ‘Embracing Enterprise? The Professionalization and Competitive Strategies of Local 'Guitar Heroes' in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation:  American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New York, February 24-28.

 

2012 ‘Choosing Your Own Adventure: Reflecting on Research Design and Outcomes in Geography.’ Invited lecture at the Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden,  February 9.

 

2011 ‘The Impact of Digital Technologies on Music and Publishing.’ Presented at the workshop  ‘Creative Industries: Emerging Issues’, at the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Padua, Padua Italy, December 5.

2011 ‘A Tale of Two Scenes: Civic capital and retaining musical talent in Toronto and Halifax.’ Conference Presentation: Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAGONT), Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, October 21-22.

2011 ‘Planning of Urban Spaces/Places: Memories and Prosperity.’ Presented with Bryan Massam at the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, October 10. 

2011 ‘Researching the Creative Economy.’ Invited lecture at the Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden,  August 16.  

2011 Invited contributor to ‘The Right to the Creative City Workshop.’ Hub Westminster, London, England, July 29.

2011 ‘D.I.Y. in Decline? The evolving role of managers as key intermediaries in the contemporary music industry.’ Conference Presentation: ‘Experience the Creative Economy’ Conference. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto,Toronto, Ontario, June 21–23.

2011 ‘Revisiting Reflexivity: Exploring the common experience of employment risk among ‘low skill’ service and ‘high skill’ creative workers.’ Conference Presentation: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, April 12-18.

2011 ‘Cultural Facilities, Memories and Wellbeing.’ Presented with Bryan Massam at University of Gdansk, Poland. Research and Education Centre for urban Socio-Economic Development (RECOURSE), March 23.

2011 ‘Employment Risk for Independent Musicians.’ Invited lecture for GGR 328: Labour Geographies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, March 1.

2011 ‘What Can Independent Musicians Tell Geographers About Work, Technology and Space?’ Invited lecture for the 2011 Winter Speaker Series: The Department of Geography, Brock University, February 7.

2011 ‘Theory and Practice: A cautionary tale about sampling and recruitment.’ Invited lecture for JPG 1111H: Research Design, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, January 31.

2010 ‘Cultural facilities and collective memories.’ Conference Presentation with Bryan Massam: Contained Memory Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, December 9–11.

2010 ‘D.I.Y. in Decline? The re-emergence of management and specialization in the music industry.’ Conference Presentation: Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAGONT), Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, October 15–16.

2010 ‘What’s Going On? The changing network ecology of musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference, London, U.K., September 1–3.

2010 ‘‘Just-in-Time’ Networking? The changing network ecology of musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: ‘Experience the Creative Economy’ Conference. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto,Toronto, Ontario, June 22–24.

2010 ‘A Tale of  Three Scenes: Attracting, incubating and retaining music talent in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.’ Conference Presentation with Jill Grant: Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, May 4–8. 

2010 ‘Standing Out In The Crowd’. Conference Presentation: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 14–18.

2009 ‘Beyond Bohemia: Geographies of everyday creativity for musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: ‘Experience the Creative Economy’ Conference. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, June 23–25.

2009 ‘So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star?’ Harnessing ‘active demand’ to sell music-related products.’ Conference Presentation: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22–26.

2008 ‘New Careers in Classical Music: technology, freelancing and risk for classically trained musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAGONT), Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, October 17–19. 

2008 ‘Unlocking the ‘Creative Urge’.’ Conference Presentation with Andrew Bell and Naomi Pope: Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAGONT), Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, October 17–19. 

2008 ‘Living Under the Lights: The growing importance of performativity and visual imagery for musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: ‘Experience the Creative Economy’ Conference. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, June 24–26.

2008 ‘Risk and Freedom: The working lives of musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), Annual Meeting, University of Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, May 20–24. 

2008 ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go? Evaluating Toronto’s ability to attract and retain musical talent.’ Conference Presentation: Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, April 30–May 3. 

2008 ‘See the Sound, Hear the Style: musicians as trans-local ambassadors of fashion.’ Conference Presentation with Atle Hauge: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15–19.

2008 ‘Places/Spaces of Celebration and Protest: Citizenship, civic conversations and the promotion of economic, social & cultural rights.’ Conference Presentation with Bryan H. Massam: Citizenship in an Enlarged Europe: the contributions of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, April 12–12.

2007 ‘Working in the Creative Economy: the spatial dynamics of employment risk for musicians in Toronto.’ Conference Presentation: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 17–21.

Special Issues: 

2010 Co-Guest Editor of ‘Advancing the Creative Economy Approach for Urban Studies’ with Kevin Stolarick and Richard Florida. Special issue of City, Culture and Society Vol. 1 No. 4, December 2010. 

Conferences Organized:

2013 Co-Organizer of the ‘2nd European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy.’ Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. October 10-11. 

 

2012 Co-Organizer of the ‘1st European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy.’ Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden. October 4-5.

 

2008–2012 Co-Organizer of the ‘Experience the Creative Economy Conference. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario. 2012: June 19-22, June 2011: June 21–23, 2010: June 22–24, 2009: June 23–25, 2008: June 24–26.

 

 

 

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