Lorraine’s main research centred around three key areas.

1. Cultural strategies used by cities to improve or transform themselves into Capitals of Culture

Lorraine’s PhD thesis (completed in 2009) focused on Singapore’s aspiration to become a Global City for the Arts, which she argued was stymied due to the city’s inability to develop a meaningful international global profile through the way it attempts to micro-manage the creation, production and consumption of culture. Lorraine was also interested in how urban regeneration strategies used sport to maintain their status or increase differentiation of Capitals of Culture. Other strategies she was researching include the construction of large-scale cultural infrastructure by emerging cities, such as Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to transform themselves.

In the global field of cultural production: Singapore as global city for the arts. PhD thesis, 2009, University of Warwick.

Book Review of ‘Creative Economies, Creative Cities Asian European Perspectives, The GeoJournal Library Series Vol. 98’, in Cultural Trends, Vol. 21, Issue 2, 2012, pp.181-182. 

Book Review of ‘Cultural Capitals Revaluing the Arts, Remaking Urban Spaces’, in Cultural Trends, Vol. 20, Issue 2, 2011, pp. 219-221.

2. Cultural policy and creative industries policy in East Asia

Lorraine was interested in looking at how East Asian cities in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Singapore are creating, implementing and managing policies related to the development of their creative industries. Examining these policies allowed her to look at the various issues that have occurred and compare their experiences with the development of the creative industries in Europe.

Routledge Handbook of Creative and Cultural Industries in Asia, edited by Hye-Kyung Lee & Lorraine Lim, Routledge (forthcoming).

‘Going global and local control: Reflections on research directions on media policy in East Asia’ Global Media and China2017, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017, pp. 43-56.

Cultural Policies in East Asia: Dynamics between the State, Arts and Creative Industries, edited by Hye-Kyung Lee & Lorraine Lim, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan.

Cultural Policy in East Asia: Contemporary Issues and Trends, edited by Lorraine Lim, 2014, Routledge.

‘Non-Western Views of Creativity and Innovation (co-authored with Dr Shinji Oyama)’, in The Handbook of Management and Creativity, edited by Dr Chris Bilton and Professor Stephen Cummings, 2014, Edward Elgar Publications.

‘Special Issue on Cultural Policy in East Asia’, edited by Lorraine Lim, for the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 18, Issue 3, 2012.

‘Constructing habitus: promoting an international arts trend at the Singapore Arts Festival’, International Journal of Cultural PolicyVol. 18, Issue 3, 2012, pp. 308-322.

3. Working conditions in the arts and media sector

Based on the experiences of her undergraduate and postgraduate Arts Management students in their attempt to gain full-time permanent employment in these sectors, Lorraine was trying to understand the processes in which unfair and inequitable entry requirements, such as unpaid internships, are limiting the opportunities of young people, thus resulting in an increasing ‘exclusivity’ of people working in these industries. Lorraine co-developed two online resources, which provide practical guidelines and advice for students and staff: 

criticalworkplacements.org.uk  with her colleague Sophie Hope. This website includes tools for students, placement hosts and placement tutors in higher education to use when embarking on a credited work placement at postgraduate level. 

Lorraine produced a booklet called ‘Preparing for Work in the Film, Media and Cultural Industries Discussions and Tasks for Tutors and Students’ which includes tasks for tutors and students on key issues to think about in relation to developing a career in the cultural and creative industries.

‘Challenging the Narratives: Higher Education Institutions and agency in the Creative Economy’, special issue edited by Jonathan Vickery, ‘Cultural Economies and Cultural Activism’, 2016, No. 1, Journal of Law, Social Justice & Global Development.

‘What skills do arts sector grads need to develop their career?’, The Guardian, 21 May 2015.