AHRC Associate Director for Programmes
Tao Chang is Associate Director for Programmes at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Tao leads the strategic development of AHRC’s relatively new but growing research infrastructure programme, which focuses on ensuring that the spaces, places, platforms and people that ensure research can thrive, are appropriately resourced and fit for purpose.
Tao joined AHRC in 2019 as Head of Infrastructure, taking up her current role in November 2022. Professionally, her background is in international partnerships and the museum sector. From 2005 to 2010 she was Head of the International Office at the University of Cambridge. This was followed by a stint as International Development Officer at the Fitzwilliam Museum, after which she joined the Victoria and Albert Museum as Research Grants Manager.
Tao is passionate and vocal in her belief that arts, humanities and creative practice are critical agents for seemingly ‘impossible change’. She also believes that arts and humanities researchers can and should play a leading role in addressing shared global challenges such as inequality, climate change, security and sustainable recovery.
Tao holds a degree in classics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Chinese area studies from SOAS, University of London.
Last updated: 4 September 2023