Research plays a critical role in the Creative Exchange. 

Firstly the Universities leading this project (Lancaster, Newcastle and Royal College of Art) are undertaking research directly on new forms of knowledge exchange. This involves developing, testing and evaluating new approaches to knowledge exchange. These new approaches range from innovative workshop activities right up to a new type of PhD programme. We are especially interested in new forms of interaction that facilitate research projects with Arts and Humanities academics this involve collaboration with external partners in the private and public sector.

The second facet of the research in CX concerns the nature of digital public space and how collaboration between Arts and Humanities academics, companies and public sector partners and a new type of PhD student can develop this emerging area of research. We are running a number of short, intense research projects running for a few months with academics from the Arts and Humanities, SMEs and researchers from CX. These short projects are complimented by the longer 3 year projects undertaken by the 20 creative exchange PhD students, these range from digital prototyping, to big data in digital public space to digital-analogue maker culture.

All this research respond to the digital public space and the industry-led topics of:

  1. Public Service Innovation and Democracy
  2. Making the Digital Physical
  3. Performance, Liveness and Participation
  4. Stories, Archives and Living Heritage
  5. Rethinking Working Life
  6. Building social communities


Participation in the digital public space

19th Dec 2012
Designing inclusive interfaces and social rituals in the hybrid public realm In participating or choosing not to participate in something we recognise that there is a society and a culture, a structure and hierarchy of relationship that we opt into, or opt out of. Within my application for CX, I said that...

Serendipity through Social Search

18th Dec 2012
Aim: To stimulate serendipitous discovery of new web content by leveraging the Social Network Graph to augment search results. The web provides us with a wealth of new information, knowledge and discussion on an incomprehensibly massive scale. The ability to stumble across fresh and interesting online content is facilitated by the...

Thinking about personal data at the AHRC Moot

20th Nov 2012
I developed an interactive demonstration for the AHRC Moot exploring themes of personal agency over personal data. "We are making edible cookies from digital cookies. Have you noticed websites asking more about cookies recently? What information can browser fingerprint characteristics like these give away about online activity? What big data archives...

Curating the Creatives

1st Oct 2012
Ideas. Opportunities. Passionate people. Imagining the future... Coral Grainger reflects on the mapping exercise carried out for the Creative Exchange Could I devise a more perfect assignment than to chat, in confidence, with 22 of the most interesting people in NW creative industries, and imagine the ways that their business might change...

Constructing a Digital Public Space

31st Mar 2012
The following article was authored by Bill Thompson, Drew Hemment, Rachel Cooper, Charlie Gere on behalf of The Creative Exchange The term Digital Public Space is being used by a growing number of cultural bodies to describe the online environment which will emerge as they make their digitised collections more available...