Dundee and Edinburgh
The Role of Culture-led Regeneration in Urban Communities
Student researcher: Ciaran McDonald
Blog: ESRC Internship with Scottish Government
Since the 1960s, the community arts movement have argued over the economic and social benefits of culture to the individual and society. In recent times, there have been numerous studies conducted on the growth of culture and regeneration as a tool for countering urban decline. However, these studies are often centred on space and place rather than being inclusive of representing the people and places they are researching. Through a qualitative methodology, this PhD will develop a critical exploration of the social role of cultural activities in peripheral urban communities in Dundee and Edinburgh. Through the use of case studies, this PhD will create a social narrative, which will underline the engagement of cultural regeneration in relation to individuals and the wider community.
The overarching aim of this thesis covers three central objectives reflecting the themes of participation, engagement and inclusion in cultural activities. Through a focus on community-based cultural regeneration, this research will seek to answer the following questions.
- How have people living in peripheral urban communities benefitted from cultural regeneration in their local areas?
- In what ways do the cultural activities provided by the case study facilities engage and include local people?
- What evidence is there to demonstrate that the cultural activities can encourage and support the wider local community?
This is an incredibly exciting time for politics in Scotland and I recently had an opportunity to work at the centre of this thanks to a funded ESRC Student Internship with the Scottish Government.
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