Culture & Communities Mapping

November 2018

The Culture and Communities Mapping Project uses open data and participatory mapping to locate cultural and artistic spaces in the city. Through community workshops and pop-up events, we ask participants about the value and significance of a diverse range of city venues and about the challenges and opportunities of supporting cultural space. One outcome of this research will be an open-access, community-created map that includes city cultural assets, hubs and flexible spaces of past and present. The map will be used to discuss and analyse gentrification, arts equity and inclusion, and accessibility to culture in Edinburgh and surrounding areas.


Community Mapping Workshop 1: How do we ensure equitable and accessible culture in Edinburgh?

When: 23rd April 2019

Where: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm (lunch included)


Community Mapping Pop-up

Where: Creative Edinburgh's Creative Circles Leith

When: 19 March

Time: 8:30 - 10:30am

Venue: Custom Lane, 1 Customs Wharf, EH6 6AL, Edinburgh

Community Mapping Pop-up

Where: ‘What can we do to make great physical performance in Scotland?’

Venue: Summerhall TechCube

When: 25 February 2019


Guiding Research Questions:

· What is a cultural asset?  

· What are the challenges facing cultural spaces in Edinburgh on a local level and from a bottom-up perspective? Does current support for cultural infrastructure foster equity and inclusion? Do cultural producers interact with local communities and if so, how?  

· Can support for cultural infrastructure have a benefit on local communities? Does the location of cultural spaces have an impact on communities? Can we have more geographically diverse cultural spaces in Edinburgh?


Melisa Miranda Correa - Project Researcher, Graphic Designer, and GIS Specialist

Melisa is an Architect with an Ma in Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MPhil in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University. Her research is focused on landscapes of movement, cultural mapping, indigenous territories, participation methodologies and tenure maps. Her work experience, consists in consulting services for governmental institutions in tasks of community participation, city design and territory through multidisciplinary teams. She has been involved in plotting data on historic assets such as national monuments, renovation of urban spaces applying PNUD guidelines, among other studies. Currently she is a Research Associate at ESALA UoE for two Climate change related projects in Mexico City.


Morgan Currie - Project PI

Morgan is Lecturer in Data and Society in the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. She engages with the relationship between data and democracy and asks how data infrastructures condition the possibilities for democratic governance, civic behavior, and political struggle. Her research explores how civil society can use data as a tool to shape and contest political issues and also how new information technologies might open – or foreclose – democratic decision-making.



  • Edinburgh Futures Institute
  • Edinburgh Council
  • Edinburgh Living Lab

Additional support from the University’s KEI Grant initiative and Challenge Investment Fund.

Download the map here.
This project was updated on:
March 22, 2019

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