Team and Partners

The team consists of a number of staff with wide reach across the project, and those working on the three strands. The various partners of these strands are also shown here.

Professor Ian Hargreaves, Principal Investigator
Cardiff University, Journalism Media and Cultural Studies/Cardiff Business School
Ian Hargreaves is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University.  Most of his career was in journalism (Deputy Editor FT; Editor, the Independent; Director BBC News; Editor New Statesman).  In 2010 he reviewed creative industries policy for the Welsh Government. In 2011 he reviewed intellectual property issues for the UK Government.  In 2013 he co-authored a Creative Economy Manifesto for Nesta. He is a trustee of National Theatre Wales, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Alacrity Foundation. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours List in 2012 for services to the creative economy and higher education.
Ian’s blog posts

Julie Jewell, administration
Cardiff University, Journalism Media and Cultural Studies

Caroline Chapain, Cross-cutting themes Research Co-ordinator and Co-Investigator
University of Birmingham, Business School
Caroline Chapain is a lecturer at the Business School, University of Birmingham. Her research touches upon issues related to creativity, innovation, the creative and digital economies, creative clusters and local and regional development. Caroline is one of the coordinators of the Creative Regions in Europe RSA Network.
Caroline’s blog posts

Professor John Hartley, consultant
John Hartley, AM, is John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Professor of Cultural Science at Curtin University, Australia, and Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, Wales. His research interests cross communication, cultural, media and journalism studies, the creative industries and cultural science – the attempt to reconfigure the study of culture using evolutionary and complexity approaches. Recent books include: Creative Economy and Culture (with Wen Wen and Henry Siling Li, Sage, 2015); Cultural Science: A Natural History of Stories, Demes, Knowledge and Innovation (with Jason Potts, Bloomsbury, 2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (edited with Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Hartley is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, International Communication Association and Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for service to education.

Hyperlocal Publishing

Dave Harte, Co-Investigator
Birmingham City University, Birmingham School of Media

David Harte is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Birmingham City University where he has led the Masters in Social Media since 2009. His main research interests are on the role that community news websites play in fostering citizenship. He has an extensive background in working with regional policy-makers on developing the creative economy and has managed projects with a focus on supporting creative businesses. He edits the hyperlocal news site for Bournville in Birmingham, UK.
Dave’s blog posts

Dr Andy Williams, Co-Investigator
Cardiff University, Journalism Media and Cultural Studies
Andy Williams is a lecturer and researches news and journalism at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. His current major research interests relate to: the decline of mainstream local newspaper journalism and the rise of citizen-produced community digital news; and news sources and the influence of public relations in general on the UK news media and in the areas of environment, science, and health news in particular.

Glyn Mottershead, Co-Investigator
Cardiff University, Journalism Media and Cultural Studies
Glyn Mottershead is a former local and regional journalist who teaches at the Centre for Journalism and works with the Centre for Community Journalism, at Cardiff University. His interests include the skills hyperlocal journalists need, how sites can be sustainable and what coverage a community really needs from them.

Damian Radcliffe, Honorary Research Fellow
Cardiff University, Journalism Media and Cultural Studies
Damian Radcliffe has spent much of the past two decades working in new technology and local media. He has written about developments in this space for Ofcom, the BBC, the Online Journalism Blog and many others. He authored the UK’s first review of hyperlocal media, ‘Here and Now‘ for NESTA in 2012. His open hyperlocal research has had over 40,000 views since December 2010.

Jerome Turner, Research Fellow
Birmingham City University, Birmingham School of Media
Jerome Turner is a Research Assistant at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University. He worked on the hyperlocal strand of the Creative Citizens project. He has research interests in social media and web cultures, and is currently completing an ethnographic PhD study of hyperlocal media audiences in the West Midlands.
Jerome’s blog posts

Research partners to Hyperlocal Publishing strand

Ofcom, the UK media regulator and provider of much core data on UK media markets.

Talk About Local, a pioneer in scaling up and propagating hyperlocal journalism networks with proven expertise at Cabinet level.

Community-led Design

Catherine Greene, Co-Investigator
Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Catherine Greene graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 and joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Her research focuses on community, workplace design and the influence of new technologies on the way people live and work. Catherine’s interest in people-centred design and design research methods have led her to work on a variety of academic and commercially partnered projects. In her current role as Senior Associate Catherine plays a lead role in the centre’s Work and City Lab.

Dr Katerina Alexiou, Co-Investigator
Open University, Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials
Katerina Alexiou is a Lecturer in Design at The Open University. Her academic research falls in the area of design theory and methods and she has published articles in design cognition, collaborative design, learning, creativity, and social aspects of design. She also has a special interest in complexity science. Her most recent activity is focussed on co-design and co-production with civil society organisations and communities engaged in place-making and creative civic action.
Katerina’s blog posts

Dr Theodore Zamenopoulos, Co-Investigator
Open University, Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials
Theo Zamenopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in design at The Open University. He is a professional architect with expertise in design cognition, community led design practices and complexity research. His research focuses on the conditions that make people and communities able to design and the development of approaches that foster design thinking in everyday life. He has been involved in a number of research projects around the themes of civic engagement in design and the empowerment of people through design.

Dr Panagiota Alevizou, Research Fellow
Open University, Department of Design, Development, Environment and Materials
Giota Alevizou is currently a research fellow in digital cultures and connected communities at the Open University, UK. She has published on the cultural politics of technology in education, online communities and information systems. Her current research explores the intersections of media, civic culture and urban politics. She leads an AHRC-funded project (Asset Mapping: Comparative Approaches) exploring approaches to, and methods for, public engagement and community capacity building.
Giota’s blog posts

Gail Ramster, Research Fellow
Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Gail Ramster is Senior Research Associate, Royal College of Art, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. She is a design researcher in the Work & City Research Lab at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Her research takes a people-centred design approach to everyday challenges with interests in civic technology, community engagement and open data. Gail also manages the website ‘The Great British Public Toilet Map’.
Gail’s blog posts

Dr Dan Lockton, Senior Research Associate
Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Dan Lockton is Visiting Research Tutor in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art. From 2013-15 he was a Senior Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, working on Creative Citizens alongside a range of other projects around design, energy in everyday life and community innovation. As a researcher, Dan specialises in design for behaviour change and people’s understanding of complex everyday systems, particularly around social and environmental impacts of technology.
Dan’s blog posts

Research partners to Community-led Design strand

Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation-practice body.

The Glass-House Community-Led Design, which has admired expertise and substantial influence in its field.

Creative Networks

Professor Jon Dovey, Co-Investigator
University of the West of England, Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities & Education
Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at the University of the West of England, Bristol. In 2008 he launched the Digital Cultures Research Centre which he directed until 2012. He was a Knowledge Transfer Fellow at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio from 2010-12, co authoring the Pervasive Media Cookbook. In 2012 he became Director of REACT (Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies), one of four Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the AHRC. He is co author of Game Cultures (Open University Press 2006) and New Media – A Critical Introduction; Routledge 2009
Jon’s blog posts 

Dr Shawn Sobers, Co-Investigator
University of the West of England, Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities & Education
Shawn Sobers is Senior Lecturer of Photography and Media, University of the West of England, Bristol. His research is primarily concerned with the use of media and arts in participatory education, community media, advocacy, marginalised voices and untold history.  Topics have been as diverse as; the use of youth media in informal education, and using media as an ethnographic research tool exploring subjects such as the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, disability issues and walking.

Dr Caroline Chapain, Co-Investigator
University of Birmingham, Business School
Caroline Chapain is a lecturer at the Business School, University of Birmingham. She has been researching creative industries in UK and European cities and regions on behalf of organisations such as local authorities, Nesta and the British Council. Recently, she has explored links between creative practices and online media and the development of creative systems as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities Programme. Caroline co-chairs the Regional Studies Association Network on Creative Regions in Europe RSA Network.

Dr. Tamara West, Research Fellow
University of Birmingham, Business School
Tamara has tutored at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford and has ongoing interests in photography, memory and identity. Her PhD was in Cultural Geography, where her research explored the spaces of former Displaced Persons camps through participant’s oral, visual, and physical returns to sites of memory.
Tamara’s blog posts

Dr Emma Agusita, Research Fellow
University of the West of England, Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities & Education
Emma Agusita is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Industries and a Research Fellow in Creative Businesses at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her work is clustered around media, arts and education, specialising in digital cultures and communications (particularly youth media), informal media education, use of creative technologies and development of creative entrepreneurship education. Emma’s background is in community and participatory media production as practitioner and researcher.
Emma’s blog posts

Research partners to Creative Networks strand

South Blessed, a highly informal but innovative video channel based in Bristol, is largely self-generating and self-funded.

Moseley Exchange is an urban creative exchange in Birmingham: many other networks like it can be influenced by well researched insight into the way it generates value using the networks that exist both within and between such exchanges.