Media, Community and the Creative Citizen

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


The research was 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

AltReading: Podcast

August 3rd, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research | no comments

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Here’s Jerome Turner talking to Niall Norbury of AltReading, a not-for-profit online magazine focusing on arts, entertainment and culture in Reading. Launched in January 2014, AltReading produces articles each day ranging from interviews and reviews to in-depth features and events listings. Niall aims to provide people with more variety and choice: providing a space for independent and local businesses […]

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Bread2Share: Podcast

August 3rd, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research | no comments

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Here’s a podcast we recorded with Sarah Goudie of Bread2Share a few weeks ago. Bread2Share works with the creative potential of bread making to inspire, nourish and develop community for all ages and abilities. Sarah very kindly welcomed me into her home to record our chat. This first meeting eventually led to Sarah running a workshop […]

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Jane Thakoordin, Birmingham Craftivists talks at Creative Citizens Fair

August 2nd, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Showcase | no comments


Jane from Birmingham Craftivists, joined by a friendly fly, and her trusty suitcase, rounded off our day of talks at the Creative Citizens Fair. Talking about combining her creative skills with political mindedness, Jane also touched on the global movement Craftivist Collective.

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Garethe Hughes, The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham talks at Creative Citizens Fair

August 1st, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Showcase | no comments


Garethe from The Real Junk Food Project, Birmingham shared some eye opening figures and his vision for a world without food waste at our Creative Citizen Fair in June. This talk definitely sparked a lot of interest in the room.

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