Dr Anna Dempster BA MA MPhil PhD

College Research Associate

  • Head of Academic Programmes , Royal Academy of Arts, London

Anna M Dempster is Head of Academic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts in London where she is responsible for commercial courses and classes, institutional academic partnerships and academic education outside of the RA Schools. She also currently holds a College Research Associate post at Wolfson College, University Cambridge where she sits on the Arts Committee. Anna was previously Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art responsible for the Art Business, Finance and Management Unit as well as teaching strategy, entrepreneurship and research methods, all specially tailored for the art world. Prior to that she was Director of Research at the Creative Industries Observatory, University of the Arts London and Founding Director of the MSc/MA in Creative Industries at Birkbeck College, University of London.

She has research and teaching experience in leading academic institutions including the University of Cambridge, London Business School and Rotterdam School of Management and she regularly consults for practitioners and policy-makers. She holds a BA and MPhil in History from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Management Studies from the Judge Business School in Cambridge, UK. Her current research interests focus on the creative industries and visual arts and specifically Risk and Uncertainty in the Art World - with a book of this title published in 2014.