Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production

In 2017, the Australian Research Council funded a new interdisciplinary Discovery Project entitled Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production. The project brings together researchers from Monash University, the University of Wollongong and the University of South Australia with backgrounds in urban planning, community development, economic geography, sociology and cultural policy studies. The Urban Cultural Policy project undertakes comparative international case study research around the changing dynamics of the creative economy, particularly the emergent relationships with a complex urban manufacturing sector. It considers the performance of Australian cities in comparison with counterparts in the United States, UK, China and Germany, on their efforts to foster and deepen the creative industries/manufacturing interface through spatial planning and policy. Relationships between cultural industries and urban manufacturing are examined. Researchers are documenting how changing industry, urban development, land use change, technological, and policy dynamics affect cultural production. The project aims to identify lessons for Australian cities to develop new policies around cultural production and manufacturing.