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 in 2015

January 16th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

This post is by the project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Ian Hargreaves The Creative Citizens work programme formally ends in February 2015, but we still have a busy programme of publishing, talking and seeking ways to carry the work forward. In January, I made a presentation to the Connected Communities Strategic Advisory Board, which generated a […]

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Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack: Inspiring digital ideas from community projects

December 30th, 2014 by Dan Lockton in Community-led Design Creative Networks Hyperlocal Research | no comments


Launched at the Creative Citizens conference in September 2014, the Creative Citizens’ Variety Pack is a collection of practical case studies: 12 diverse, inspirational community projects, all making use of digital tools in creative ways for social benefit, with suggestions and advice from the people involved. Along with projects from the three strands of the […]

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Co-creating the definition of a Creative Citizen using our interactive wall: By Natasha Trotman

November 3rd, 2014 by Dan Lockton in Conference | no comments

By Natasha Trotman The Interactive wall was created as an installation for the Creative Citizens project and featured at the Creative Citizens Conference (at the Royal College of Art) during September. It was created with the purpose of helping visitors explore the value of Creative Citizens within their everyday lives and contribute to the debate. […]

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Co-designing with Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum

October 1st, 2014 by Dan Lockton in Community-led Design | no comments

by Gail Ramster Last year, Creative Citizens researchers at the Royal College of Art worked with Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum (KTNF) to see if we could get more people involved in their Neighbourhood Plan. They had already reached about a 1000 locals using posters, word of mouth and fantastic public engagement events such as stalls […]

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