Creative Cardiff: utilising cultural mapping for community engagement


Murray, S. 2017. Creative Cardiff: utilising cultural mapping for community engagement. City, Culture and Society. 11, pp. 4-11.
TitleCreative Cardiff: utilising cultural mapping for community engagement
AuthorsMurray, S.

In 2014 Cardiff University set up a Creative Economy team tasked with exploring how the university could improve its relationship with creative practitioners around the city. To explore this relationship the team embarked upon a research project to map creative industries in the city using a mixed methodology of online data collection and semi-ethnographic interviews. As the project progressed the creative economy team designed and launched a city-wide creative network Creative Cardiff connecting the city's creative populous through events, resources and a website with membership subscription. This article explores how mapping can be used to develop the university/creative economy relationship within metropolitan spaces as a contributor to the development of the modern civic university. It also explores the opportunities and challenges posed by a mapping project of this scale, taking into account debates in cultural mapping literature as to what a map actually is.

KeywordsCultural mapping, Community engagement, Cardiff, HEIs
JournalCity, Culture and Society
Publication dates
Online19 Sep 2017
Print31 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Apr 2020
Accepted29 Aug 2017
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Part of special issue: Valletta 2018 cultural mapping: debating space and place. Edited by P.L. Sacco, G. Vella

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