Dr Andrea Phillips is Reader in Fine Art at the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of the Doctoral Research Programme. From 2006-2009 she was Director of Curating Architecture, a think tank based in the Art Department that investigated the aesthetic and political relationship between architecture, curating and concepts of public display (www.gold.ac.uk/visual-art/curating-architecture) resulting in an exhibition and publication. Dr Phillips publishes widely in art and architecture journals, artist’s monographs and collections on politics, philosophy and contemporary art practice, and speaks internationally on art, architecture, politics, institution-making and publics. Current research projects include the aesthetic formatting of transnational space and its relation to contemporary art, the future and implications of practice-based research, and ‘Building Democracy’, a set of publications and discussions that forefront critiques of participation in contemporary art and architecture. Dr Phillips is currently developing a series of international symposium for the Dutch Foundation for Art and the Public Realm, SKOR, and forming a research unit into the Aesthetic and Economic Impact of Contemporary Art, based at Goldsmiths. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, Chair of the Research Committee in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, and a member of the Graduate School Board.