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 I: 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 – 15:00

Community Mapping Workshop II: What are the benefits and challenges facing cultural spaces in Edinburgh?

     When: 16th May 2019

     Where: Cutting Room, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

     Time: 12:00 – 15:00

Community Mapping Workshop III: Can we have greater geographic & demographic cultural diversity in Edinburgh?

     When: 13 June

     Where: WHALE Arts

     Time: 12:30 - 15:00

Community Mapping Pop-ups:

     When: 8th July 2019

     Where: North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh

     Time: 12:00 – 14:00

     When: 17th May 2019

     Where: Edinburg Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT

     Time: 18:00 – 20:30

     Where: Creative Edinburgh's Creative Circles Leith

     When: 19 March

     Time: 8:30 - 10:30am 

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

      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.

This project was updated on:
August 4, 2019

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