Creativity, Social Inclusion and Community Approaches to Regeneration 1

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 35
Organizers: Julie Clark, Nicholas Wise
Chairs: Julie Clark

Call for Submissions

Community, sense of community, and community development practices have long been topics of academic debate. Critical geography has confronted naïve conceptualisations of community, as well as highlighting top-down policy initiatives that have ranged from the paternalistic to pathologising the communities that they claim to serve.

Creative place-making practices are playing an increasingly important role in local urban communities, especially as people look for innovative ways of tackling contemporary challenges brought on by a global pandemic, economic austerity and policies that limit mobility. From coping with lockdown and economic stresses, to in-migration or out-migration, grassroots approaches to building community and supporting social inclusion encompass the spectrum of physical and virtual cultural activities, drawing on music, traditional crafts, open studios and public art projects, as well as arts and cultural events. In parallel, there is considerable research and policy engagement with asset-based approaches and arts-based methods as inclusive means of supporting place-based or virtual community activity. However, while community engagement with creative practices in regeneration may express identity, build a sense of inclusion or support positive health and wellbeing, they are by no means unproblematic.

This call welcomes theoretical and empirical papers contributing to critical debates on, but not restricted to:

• Creativity and community inclusion
• Creative practices in regeneration and community building
• Virtual and place-based community activities and initiatives
• Critical debates concerning placemaking (top-down/planning agendas) and place-making (bottom-up/grassroots movements) on community development
• The arts, community and identity
• Creative practices and social inclusion
• Policy and the arts in regeneration
• Grassroots-driven regeneration initiatives
• Asset-based community development

Please forward abstracts of up to 250 words to Julie Clark ( and Nick Wise (


This session invites theoretical and empirical papers that engage with the use of creative practices in place-based or virtual community building and regeneration.

Keywords: community; social inclusion; regeneration; culture; arts; events; policy; place making; creative methods; virtual community.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Inka Santala*, University of Wollongong, Communal sharing as urban agency: sociality, interdependency and co-figuration 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Luise Vormittag*, University of the Arts London, Walking the Elephant 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Ivan Mitin*, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Making Yasenevo a meaningful place: Symbolic construction, cultural production and stimulating local identities in a distant urban residential area of Moscow, Russia 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Chuanmeng Yu*, , Ning Qiu, Tianjin University, Tianjie Zhang, Tianjin University, The Construction of Community Trust in the Renewal of Historical and Cultural Blocks——A Case Study of Beijing Shijia Hutong 15 11:55 AM
Presenter Julie Clark*, University of the West of Scotland, The arts in urban regeneration: the case of the cultural capital that wasn't 15 12:10 PM

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