Dr Zoe Bulaitis


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Dr Zoe Bulaitis is a Research Associate in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester working in the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC). She is a literary scholar and critical theorist with a background in cultural and higher education policy. Her research focuses on the articulation of cultural value in contemporary higher education and the creative sector, in particular the economisation of cultural value; policy analysis and critique; histories of liberal and neoliberal education; humanities-oriented methodologies; and the public value of arts and humanities research.

Zoe is passionate about the interconnections between teaching and research, both within higher education and within a wider learning ecosystem. She holds a PhD from the University of Exeter where she taught literature and critical theory within the English Department from 2013-18. Before joining Manchester, she held teaching posts at the University of Birmingham and the University of Wolverhampton. In addition, Zoe is the Managing Editor of Alluvium, an open access scholarly journal dedicated to 21st-century writing as well as contemporary approaches to the literary canon.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

- Advisory Board Member for European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC)

- Member of Working Group 2 for the European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (ENRESSH)

I am also a member of the British Association for American Studies, the British Association for Victorian Studies, and the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Areas of expertise


  • Cultural and Creative Industry, Economics, Arts and Humanities Research, Local economic development, Legacies of liberalism, Neoliberalism, Policymaking, Literary Value

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy, Articulations of Value in the Humanities: The Contemporary Neoliberal University and Our Victorian Inheritance, University of Exeter
  • 2013 - Master of Arts, Payment by Results: the Impact of an Economic Approach to Education Policy within the Humanities, University of Exeter
  • 2012 - Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (BA Hons.), University of Exeter

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