Urban Policy and Cultural Production

The project focuses on the emergent relationships between the creative industries and urban manufacturing sector. Image: © Paul Jones, University of Wollongong

International research around the changing dynamics among the creative industries and urban manufacturing.


  • Professor Carl Grodach
    Monash Art, Design and Architecture
  • Dr Xin Gu
    Prof Justin O’Connor
    Monash Arts
  • Prof Chris Gibson
    Dr Andrew Warren
    University of Wollongong

Funded by

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project: $214,500 (2017–2019)

We aim to provide new insights that advance urban cultural policy and support equitable economic development.

Professor Carl Grodach

In 2017, the Australian Research Council funded a new interdisciplinary Discovery Project entitled Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production.

The project brings together researchers from Monash Urban Planning and Design, University of Wollongong, and University of the West of England with backgrounds in urban planning, community development, economic geography, sociology and cultural policy studies.

The Urban Cultural Policy project undertakes comparative international case study research around the changing dynamics of the creative economy, particularly the emergent relationships with a complex urban manufacturing sector. It considers the performance of Australian cities in comparison with counterparts in the United States, China, and Germany, on their efforts to foster and deepen the creative industries/manufacturing interface through spatial planning and policy.

Researchers are documenting how changing industry, urban development, land use change, technological, and policy dynamics affect cultural production. The project aims to identify lessons for Australian cities to develop new policies around cultural production and manufacturing.