About

What do citizens value about the City of Edinburgh? What if we look beyond Old Town’s cobble stone streets and the cliffs of castle rock, and focus instead on different local communities who live in the city, many far outside the centre? What do these contexts tell us about the different ways communities’ access – or have difficulties accessing – cultural events and cultural spaces? While the first question gets at the different cultural identities of Edinburgh’s diverse neighbourhoods, the second one asks about cultural equity and access across these geographies.

The Culture & Communities Mapping Project investigates questions about cultural identity and access, using cultural mapping as our guiding methodology, with a focus on places outside the city’s well-known core. Cultural mapping, as defined in much of the literature on the topic, is a way to gather citizens’ collective knowledge about place or to shape its cultural policy, using maps to ask people for their thoughts and feelings about space and place.

About the Team:

Dr Morgan Currie is the Principle Investigator of the Culture and Communities Mapping Project and a Lecturer in Data & Society in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Melisa Miranda is an Architect who has been involved in several cultural mapping projects as well as app and web design. She uses her expertise in design to facilitate the communication between communities and cartographies. She is currently Research Fellow on The Culture and Communities Mapping Project. Her job has been to collect and manage the project’s cultural dataset and to map and organise all this information in a readable way. She also designed the methodology used in the project’s participatory mapping workshops.

Vikki Jones is a PhD Researcher at Edinburgh College of Art and a Research Assistant for the Culture and Communities Mapping project. Her work examines the value of digital labour and practice in the arts and creative industries. She is currently investigating how cultural organisations and spaces are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joshua Ryan-Saha is the Director of Traveltech for Scotland, a business cluster organisation getting behind Scotland’s Traveltech pioneers. He works at the University of Edinburgh where he leads on the application of data-driven innovation for the tourism and festival sectors. He previously worked at The Data Lab where he led programmers to improve data science skills across Scotland. He joined from Nesta where he established the £10m Longitude Prize, that featured on BBC Horizon’s 50th Anniversary Episode. Prior to joining Nesta in October 2013, Joshua worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina developing and delivering projects related to constitutional reform and reconciliation.

Contact:

Go here or email us at culturalmapping [at] ed.ac.uk for any feedback or to suggest edits or updates to the map.

Support:

The Culture and Communities Mapping Project has received generous support from the City of Edinburgh Council, the Edinburgh  Futures Institute and Data Driven Innovation at the University of Edinburgh.

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