Beyond the Creative City

Project Details


‘Beyond the Creative City’ is a trilateral collaboration project between the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester convened by Dr Abigail Gilmore (Creative Manchester/Institute of Cultural Practices).

The project brings together academics from across disciplines for knowledge exchange and research agenda-setting on the topic of the ‘creative city-region’. The project asks what happens ‘beyond the creative city’ in endemic and post-Covid urban spaces including small cities, satellite towns, peri-urban settlements, peripheral suburbs, and diffuse networks brought together through digital technologies.

Taking the city-regions of Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto as exemplar cases, the project brings together expertise, research power, and emerging disciplinary lenses in agenda-setting and scoping.
Effective start/end date1/09/221/03/23

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • creative industries
  • policy making
  • urban studies
  • inequality
  • economic development
  • place making

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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