Creative & Digital

What is the role of communities in stimulating creativity and innovation, particularly in the UK’s rapidly growing creative and digital economies?

Creative Citizens

Principal Investigator: Ian Hargreaves
From 2011 to 2015

Media, Community and the Creative Citizens explores the many different ways in which social media and other, older media forms help citizens to generate value for their communities.  We take case studies from three areas of creative citizenship – community journalism; community-led planning and design; and creative networks. Read more.

Fields of Green: Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities

Principal Investigator: Matt Brennan (University of Edinburgh)
From 2015 to 2016

Fields of Green is an AHRC funded research project exploring the sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals through the eyes of artists, audiences and festival organisers. In his opening remarks at the September 2014 United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated unequivocally: “climate change is the defining issue of our time. Read more.

(R)agency?: The Creative Practises of Anger

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Limon
From 2015 to 2016

(r)agency? The Creative Practices of Anger is a multi-disciplinary network, drawing together a team of early-career researchers, working in a number of different fields – both creative and critical – and a series of research activities and case studies that together form a research project on what the role and potentialities of anger might be in communities. Read more.

Lost Spaces

Principal Investigator: Dr Dai O’Brien (York St John University)
From 2015 to 2016

This project aims to explore the consequences of lost community spaces for the Deaf community in Bristol.  Recently, the Deaf community have lost the Centre for the Deaf, which was the  centre of the community for many years, and the Centre for Deaf Studies in the University of Bristol, which was the birthplace of Dr Paddy Ladd’s Deafhood theory and Read more.

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network

Principal Investigator: Dr Gail McConnell, Queen's University Belfast
From 2015 to 2016

In the field of mental health research, voice-hearers feel the effects of academic language-use in their everyday lives through the hierarchical language of ‘others’ (e.g. ‘researcher’ and ‘researched’) and stigmatising labels. This project seeks to learn how to listen to ‘others’ and to counter oppressive structures of language-use by building a network of expertise in listening. It brings together voice-hearing networks, independent artists and academics to develop a suite of resources for creative listening practices. Read more.

Telling the Bees

Principal Investigator: Deborah Maxwell
From 2015 to 2016

Beekeeping is currently experiencing a surge of popularity, coinciding with a rise of localism and a consumer drive for homemade produce. Bees have also become popular subjects of non-fiction prose, literature, poetry and art, in part because their plight has become emblematic of contemporary environmental crises. Whilst a new generation of beekeepers is emerging, the methods by which they learn their skills is changing. Read more.

Online Orchestra

Principal Investigator: Michael Rofe

We’re asking how we can use the internet to give children and amateur musicians who live in remote communities around the country the same opportunities to play in an orchestra as those who live in larger towns and cities. We’re designing an online orchestra that will allow people who live hundreds of miles apart to make music together for the first time. Read more.

The Impact of Festivals Project

Principal Investigator: George McKay george.mckay@uea.ac.uk
From 2015 to 2016

The Impact of Festivals is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme, working with research partner organisation the EFG London Jazz Festival. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. The Research Associate is Dr Emma Webster, co-founder and co-Director of Live Music Exchange. Read more.

Beyond the Campus: Connecting Knowledge and Creative Practice Communities Across Higher Education and the Creative Economy

Principal Investigator: Dr Roberta Comunian, King’s College London
From 2012 to 2015

The network aimed to create a platform for discussion between academics, practitioners, artists, cultural organisations, business development managers and other university directors, about knowledge connections and collaboration between universities and the creative and cultural sector. Read more.

Community Hacking and other projects

Principal Investigator: Prof. Chris Speed

Community Hacking covers a series of three small AHRC Connected Communities grants that has involved working closely with partners and residents across Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. The three projects (Community web2.0:Creative Control through Hacking, Ladders to the Cloud, and Communities within spaces of flows) explore the design and development of physical and virtual networks. Read more.