Creative & Digital

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

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

Leapfrog – trans­form­ing pub­lic sec­tor con­sul­ta­tion by design

Principal Investigator: Dr Leon Cruickshank, Lancaster University
From 2015 to 2017

The Leapfrog project will be a close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pub­lic sec­tor and com­mu­nity part­ners to design and eval­u­ate new creative approaches to consultation. Read more

Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research

Principal Investigator: Professor Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield)

The Imagine Project Working in partnership with local communities, we are exploring the social, historical, cultural and democratic context of civic engagement to imagine better futures and make them happen.   This five-year project, running from 2013 – 2017, brings together a range of different research projects working together across universities and communities. Read more

Valuing community-led design

Principal Investigator: Dr Aikaterini Alexiou (Open University)
From 2012 to 2013

The ideas and practice of community-led design, participatory design or co-design have a long-standing tradition, especially in the context of urban design, planning and architecture . Read more

Community hacking

Principal Investigator: Chris Speed (Edinburgh)
From 2010 to 2011

Based in the Edinburgh suburb of Wester Hailes, the team of academics, community organisations and local activists have been exploring the affordances of social media to construct ‘bonds’ and ‘bridges’ between and across existing people and groups. Read more

The university of the village: universities connecting with rural communities

Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Wilson
From 2011 to 2012

This pilot project explored new modes of delivery, enhanced through Next Generation Access Broadband, and was interested to redraw the relationship between universities and rural communities and grant access to university outreach services for those communities. The project in St Agnes resulted in delivering a short film course to the participants who collaboratively made a film about their village. Read more

New connectivities: civil society, the ‘third sector’ and dilemmas for socially and economically sustainable healthcare delivery

Principal Investigator: Dr Ming Lim (University of Leicester)
2011

A scoping review and activities on the changing nature of connectivity’ within and between local communities. The overall purpose is to gain an understanding of the impacts of changing connectivities upon service delivery under fast-changing institutional conditions of marketisation. Read more

Community web2.0: creative control through hacking

Principal Investigator: Dr Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art)
From 2010 to 2011

Community Hacking and its follow-on Ladders to the Cloud, are both part of a project that explores whether concepts emerging in relation to the Internet could usefully be applied to understandings of off-line contemporary relations and practices. Read more

The Orkney and Shetland dialect corpus project scoping study

Principal Investigator: Dr Ragnhild Ljosland (University of the Highlands and Islands)
2012

This scoping study prepares for research on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar, shedding light on the grammar of two dialects which are the products of a language contact situation (15th – 19th century). The study aims to develop a database (corpus) of naturally occurring dialect texts from Orkney and Shetland, which would be digitally searchable. Read more

Digital building heritage

Principal Investigator: Dr Douglas Cawthorne, De Montfort University
From 2014 to 2015

The DBH project is firstly intended to demonstrate digital technologies, techniques and expertise developed and/or used at De Montfort University to local and national heritage groups throughout the UK who are concerned with buildings and their artifacts. It is secondly intended to assist community heritage groups in making collaborative bids with De Montfort University for UK Heritage Lottery Fund grants. Read more