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 – #4

April 17th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Conference Research | 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 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 to. […]

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The Social Exchange

April 16th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research | no comments

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Last week I went along to The Social Exchange organised by Beatfreeks in partnership with Mac Birmingham. The event promised to be a ‘jam-packed day of performances, stalls, goodies on sale, workshops, streetfood, soapbox moments and pop-up cinema’. I went along as a community engagement exercise and with a view to meeting and exchanging info […]

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Bearwood Pantry – Food Focused

April 13th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Community-led Design Research | no comments

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The Bearwood Pantry is an informal food cooperative serving a small community within Smethwick, in the West Midlands. The Pantry sources and supplies wholesome, ethical food direct from local producers and distributes it from a weekly pick-up at a local library. ‘We aim to provide what the supermarkets can’t – reasonably priced, organic, ethically sourced, seasonal […]

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Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection – #3

April 10th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Conference Research | 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. Over the next few weeks we’ll be 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 […]

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