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Urban Cultural Economy in a New Era of Austerity

Andrew Harris receives AHRC award to review ‘Creative City’ assumptions

Urban Cultural Economy in a New Era of Austerity

Dr Andrew Harris has been awarded an AHRC Research Networking Award for a project entitled Creative City Limits: Urban Cultural Economy in a New Era of Austerity. Andrew will work with Louis Moreno from the UCL Urban Laboratory and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

This new international and interdisciplinary research network will offer a forum for reassessing the place of creativity in urban economic growth. It will use the limitations and shortcomings of the creative city model exposed by the recent financial crisis, and the uneven urban prospects of recovery, to review and rethink the historical and theoretical relationship between culture, economy and urban development.

Workshops will be held in London, Salford and Plymouth in the next academic year, bringing together academics, artists, planners, architects, policy-makers and other key stakeholders. They will seek to provide a geographically and historically aware critique of current creative city models, and reshape the policy and conceptual frameworks required to stimulate new creative urban futures.


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