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Phil Wood

Phil Wood has been a partner in the urban and cultural policy agency Comedia since 2000. Phil’s main interests lie in the application of creativity to the transformation of post-industrial towns and cities. He argues that truly sustainable change must go beyond the renewal of physical infrastructure and superficial image to take account of the deeper emotional and cultural forces which shape a place and its people.
Before joining Comedia, Phil was the Director of the Creative Town Initiative, Urban Pilot Project of the EC. Prior to that he worked in senior management in a large metropolitan authority in community development, culture and regeneration, eventually as Assistant Head of Cultural Services. He has advised the UK government’s Creative Industries Task Force and also its Commission on Integration and Cohesion. In 1998 he founded FOCI, the UK Forum on Creative Industries. He was also a founder of the Huddersfield Media Centre (a cluster of 120 creative businesses) and remains a board director. He holds a MA with distinction in European Cultural Planning. He is currently principal advisor to the Council of Europe on its transnational Intercultural Cities programme (www.coe.int/interculturalcities).
His co-authored book, The Intercultural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage, was published in 2008.