Media, Community and the Creative Citizen

Media, Community and the Creative Citizen is a research council funded project exploring the value of creative citizenship.

Our research is organised in three complementary strands: hyperlocal publishing, community-led design and creative networks. This site tracks progress and welcomes discussion of our work.

Three strands of Research:

Hyperlocal Publishing

Our research strand hypothesises that citizenship practices around Hyperlocal Publishing will be found to generate value in a range of different ways. Read more

Community-Led Design

Community led design is a practice where individual citizens are given the opportunity to engage directly and creatively in the formulation of solutions for their own environment, whether these are physical spaces, build- ings, neighbourhoods or services. Read more

Creative Networks

How does creative citizenship generate value for communities within a changing media landscape and how can this pursuit of value be intensified, propagated and sustained?’ by exploring creative citizenship activities generated within two creative community networks. Read more

Latest Posts from the Blog

Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection – #9

May 22nd, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Conference Research Showcase | no comments

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Last year, photographer Sara Lyndsey captured 25 images of Creative Citizens on location in their communities for our Creative Citizen conference and exhibition. We’re now sharing these fantastic photos along with some information about each of the inspiring subjects. These people do what they do not because they are paid to but because they want […]

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Nurturing the Creative Citizen: MAIA Creatives

May 18th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Creative Networks Research | no comments

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MAIA Creatives is a community interest company that seeks to support the wellbeing of those within the creative industries, in particular, in becoming financially sustainable, through providing opportunities, training, skills development and more. Here, I interview young founder and director, Amahra Spence, about nurturing Birmingham’s creative community.     What is your motivation? Why did you start MAIA […]

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Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection – #8

May 15th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Conference Research Showcase | no comments

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Last year, photographer Sara Lyndsey captured 25 images of Creative Citizens on location in their communities for our Creative Citizen conference and exhibition. We’re now sharing these fantastic photos along with some information about each of the inspiring subjects. These people do what they do not because they are paid to but because they want […]

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Podcast 2 : Election Hack Day

May 12th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research | no comments

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On Monday 27th April BCU’s Paul Bradshaw organised a Hack Day at BBC Birmingham. The event was attended by journalists and students but was open to anyone interested in data related issues key to 2015’s General Election. In this podcast Jerome Turner introduces Paul and his students as well as others involved in the day. […]

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