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Dr Ryan Nolan

Dr Ryan Nolan

Industrial Impact Fellow

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Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Ryan joined the University of Exeter Business School in 2022 as an Industrial Impact Fellow within the NICER Programme's CE-Hub. He has delivered undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across several courses and subject areas, with experience in developing curricula for large online courses in Business and Experience Design. Current research interests include cultural and social dimensions of CE implementation, infrastructures of knowledge production and dissemination, interdisciplinarity and qualitative research methods. 

He sits on the editorial board of The Sociological Review, and is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (London South Bank University) and the Institute of Cornish Studies (University of Exeter).


  • BA(Hons)
  • MA
  • PhD

Research clusters

Research interests

Ryan's research interests include:

  • Cultural and social dimensions of CE
  • Infrastructures/communities of knowledge production and dissemination
  • Interdisciplinary research and collaboration (both in practice and as a field of research) 
  • Cultural sociology and critical social theory
  • Science and technology studies (STS)

He has also taught and published on topics related to creative and cultural industries and maintains active interests in these areas (though they are not immediately related to his day-to-day role). In this space, he is currently co-editing the Palgrave Handbook of Critical Music Industry Studies (with sociologist David Arditi), due for publication in 2024.

Research projects

UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme


Research networks

Editorial board member of The Sociological Review


I am currently a tutor on the Circular Economy Masterclass and deliver guest lectures across a variety of modules. Previously, I have taught across creative and cultural industries courses in business school contexts, with a focus on industrial practice, management and critical theoretical perspectives. I have also taught qualitative research methods at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.