Patel, K. (2020) The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour: Arts, Work and Inequalities. Rowman & Littlefield.

Naudin, A. and Patel, K. Eds. (2020) Craft Entrepreneurship. Rowman & Littlefield.

Journal articles

Patel, K. (2020) Race and Craft in the Covid SpotlightSoundings, 75 (Summer 2020), 24-27.

Naudin, A. and Patel, K. (2019) Entangled Expertise: Women’s use of Social Media in Cultural Work. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 22(5-6), 511-527. [Pre-print PDF]

Book chapters

Patel, K. (2020) Diversity Initiatives and Addressing Inequalities in Craft. In S. Taylor and S. Luckman, eds. Pathways Into Creative Working Lives. Palgrave Macmillan. [Pre-print PDF]

Ashton, D. and Patel, K (2020). Girls’ Bedroom Cultures. In K. Ross, eds. The International Encyclopaedia of Gender, Media and Communication. John Wiley & Sons. [Open Access].

Ashton, D. and Patel, K. (2018) Vlogging Careers: Everyday Expertise, Collaboration and Authenticity. In S. Taylor and S. Luckman, eds. The ‘New Normal’ of Working Lives: Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment. Palgrave Macmillan, 147-170. [Pre-print PDF]

Patel, K. (2017) Expertise and Collaboration: Cultural Workers Performance on Social Media in J. Graham and A. Gandini (eds) Collaborative Production in the Creative Industries. University of Westminster Press, 157-176. [Open Access]


Patel, K. (2021) Making Changes in Craft: Craft Expertise Phase One Report. Crafts Council UK.

Patel, K. (2021) Supporting Diversity and Expertise Development in the Contemporary Craft Economy: Working Paper 2. Crafts Council UK.

Patel, K. (2020) Supporting Diversity and Expertise Development in the Contemporary Craft Economy: Working Paper 1Crafts Council UK.

Patel, K. (2019) Supporting Diversity in Craft Practice through Digital Technology Skills Development. Crafts Council UK.

Patel, K. and Naudin, A. (2018) Diversity and Cultural Leadership in the West Midlands: A report for the West Midlands Leadership Commission.

Selected talks and conference presentations


Inequalities, community and care: the Craft Expertise project. Public Lecture for the Glasgow School of Art, 20 October 2022.

Making together: How socially engaged craft organisations adapted to the COVID-19 crisis. Presented at ICCPR, Antwerp, 22 September 2022

Work and Social Justice in Art, Craft and Design talks series. Participant, University of the Arts London, 29 March 2022.


Race, gender and cultural value in UK Craft. Presented at Media and Gender Research Group seminar series, 15 December 2021.

Inequalities and cultural value in UK craft. Presented at RSA Bath What Next? Series (online), 24 May 2021

QMUL Network: A conversation on sustaining craft practice in the digital era, with Katja May, Suzanna Petot, Yemi Awosile and Nick Bryan-Kinns, 12 April 2021 [full recording of event].

Care and resistance: alternative pathways in UK craft. Presented at The Cultural and Creative Industries: Pathways Beyond Economic Growth, King’s College London (online), 24 February 2021 [slides and blog post].


Crafts Council open forum on tackling racism and inequality in craft, with Rose Sinclair, Jay Blades and Amanda Parker, 25 June 2020 [full article and video of forum].

“They think I don’t know anything”: Race, gender and perceptions of expertise in crafts. Presented at the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Seminar series, hosted by Nesta and King’s College London, 8 June 2020. [Presentation slides] [Full paper] [Listen to the seminar audio].


‘Safe’ spaces? Challenges for women makers of colour online. Presented at CAMEo Leicester, 6 September 2019. [PDF]

The experiences of women craft makers of colour. Presented at Work Inequalities and Lifecourse research seminar series, Southampton Solent University, 27 March 2019.


Addressing ‘diversity’ and social justice in the craft sector. Presented at CAMEo Leicester, 12 September 2018. [PDF]

‘Craft was just something everyone did’: Experiences of BAME women in the artisanal economy. Presented at Artisan! UWE Bristol, 11 September 2018. [PDF]

The return of the ‘Brewsters’ – women craft drinks producers and narratives of expertise. Presented at ICA, Prague, 26 May 2018. [PDF]

Beauty vlogging, intermediaries and the labour of performing expertise. Presented at Media Industries Conference, King’s College London, 18-20 April 2018. [PDF]


Staging expertise on social media. Presented at CAMEo Mediating Cultural Work: Texts, Objects and Politics, University of Leicester, 6-8 September 2017.

What is Expertise in Cultural Work? Presented at London Conference of Critical Thought, London South Bank University, 30 June 2017. [PDF]

Signalling Expertise and Cultural Labour. Presented at ICA, San Diego, 29 May 2017. [PDF]]


Cultural labour, social media and expertise: the experiences of female artists. Presented at ECREA Prague, 12 Nov 2016 [PDF]


Patel, K (2017) The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour. [Download from Ethos]