Project status: In progress
Australian Research Council Discovery Projects
- $333,000 over three years.
- Research team
- Mark Gibson
- Anna Daniel
- Organisational unit
- Lead unit Creative Industries Faculty
- Start date
- 1st January 2009
- End date
- 1st March 2011
- Research areas
This project will critically evaluate the scope for development of new enterprises in creative industries sectors in Australia's new suburban and peri-urban communities. It responds conceptually to the tendency in the research literature towards an 'inner-urban' bias in understanding well-springs of creativity in cities, and practically to the diversity and heterogeneity of types of creative enterprises identified in creative industries research.
The project will draw upon statistical data on Australia's creative industries, as well as urban studies, cultural studies and cultural geography, to generate findings that impinge upon questions of urban cultural policy, sustainability, and economic growth and innovation.
The qualitative component of the study is nearly complete. Interviews have been conducted with over 120 creative industries workers/practitioners across four outer suburban sites: Redcliffe and Springfield in Brisbane, and Frankston and Dandenong in Melbourne.
Bureaucratic decision makers, cultural development workers and developers have also been interviewed. Statistical data has provided quantitative information about the types and number of people working in creative industries and those creatives embedded in other industries, across the four research locations.
- Monash University
Publications and output
We've found significant creative industries presence in Redcliffe, Frankston and Dandenong, less in Springfield.
Several themes identified from the data to date:
- issues for networking in outer suburban locations
- role of technology for people located beyond inner-city hubs
- space & affordability factors influence decisions about working in outer suburb
- importance of a suburb that offers 'distinction' (eg: bayside) for creative workers
- age and lifecycle are considerations connected to choice of location.
4 conference papers presented:
- "Creative Communities in Outer Suburbs" at Creative Communities: Sustainable Solution to Social Inclusion, Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, Brisbane, 15-17 April 2009.
- "Creative Suburbia: creative industries in the outer suburbs" at 7th International Conference for New Directions in the Humanities Beijing, China, June 2-5 2009.
- "Creative Suburbia: an investigation into creative communities in outer urban areas" at Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship, ANZCA (Australian and New Zealand Communication Association) Conference 2009, QUT, Brisbane. 8-10 July.
- "Oh No, not Frankston!" Cultural Studies Conference, Kalgoorlie WA, November 2008.
1 published article
- Collis, C, Felton, E and Graham, P (2009) Beyond the inner city: Real and imagined places in creative place policy and practice accepted for The International Information Society Journal.
2 articles in final proofing to submit for publication
2 newspaper articles
1 online opinion piece