Senior Lecturer, Business and Experience Design

Clare Hearn is Senior Lecturer in Business and Experience Design. She leads on MA Creative Events Management, a new digital international postgraduate programme, and and teaches on BA(Hons) Creative Events Management, which she co-wrote, and on BA(Hons) Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management.

Clare is passionate about developing creative events practitioners who can bring a combination of academic theory, practical ability and a flair for innovation to the global creative industries. 

Clare came to her current role at Falmouth University as a highly experienced event and project manager working with the cultural sector and creative industries. She has a strong background in the museums and galleries sector in particular and was co-founder of an award winning events company which delivered a breadth of projects throughout the cultural, corporate and community sectors. 

She continues to act as industry consultant on sustainable experience design and community engagement.

Clare Hearn staff picture

Contact details

Telephone 01326 255910



Year Qualification Awarding body
2000 MA Classical Heritage Bristol University
1998 BA Classical Studies Bristol University
2015 PGCHE Falmouth University

Membership of external committees

International Festivals and Events Association Global Student Chapter Committee

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Clare is currently working on a range of projects including:

Death and Experience Design
Co-creating Sustainable Festivals 
Digital learning: designing fluid collaboration

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Hearn, Clare

    (2021), Re-imagining the Feast: ritual commensality and funerary experience, In: The 15th Annual Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal: Diversity and Decolonisation, 1st - 4th September 2021, Manchester Met University, (Published)
  • Hearn, Clare

    (2019), Death & Experience Design: a case study of trans-disciplinary teaching & learning, In: AEME Conference 2019, 3rd July 2019, University of Hertfordshire
  • Hearn, Clare

    (2019), Death, design and the funeral event, In: AEME Conference 2019, 3rd July 2019, University of Hertfordshire
  • Hearn, Clare

    (2018), digital events studies: �from constructivism to connectivism, In: AEME conference 2018, 4th - 5th July 2018, Leeds, (Submitted)
  • Hearn, Clare

    (2019), Experience Design at the End of Life, In: An Extra PLace at the Table, MOTH, Falmouth
  • Hearn, Clare

    (2016), Digitisation of City of Lights (Arts Council England grant evaluation report)



Association of Event Management Education conference 2018


Areas of teaching

  • Critical Context
  • Cultural Theory
  • Professional Practice

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons)Creative Events Management
  • BA(Hons) Music Theatre & Entertainment Management
  • MA Creative Events Management
  • BA(Hons) Technical Theatre Arts

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

Clare continues to undertake freelance consultancy on a number of cultural projects. She also trains cultural managers across the south west region.