Regional Cultures, Economies, and Creativity: Innovating Through Place in Australia and Beyond, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Regional Cultures, Economies, and Creativity

Innovating Through Place in Australia and Beyond, 1st Edition

Edited by Ariella van Luyn, Eduardo De La Fuente


368 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Drawing on Australian and comparative case studies, this volume reconceptualizes non-metropolitan creative economies through the ‘qualities of place’.

This book examines the agricultural and gastronomic cultures surrounding ‘native’ foods, coastal sculpture festivals, universities and regional communities, wine in regional Australia and Canada, the creative systems of the Hunter Valley, musicians in ‘outback’ settings, Fab Labs as alternatives to clusters, cinema and the cultivation of ‘authentic’ landscapes, and tensions between the ‘representational’ and ‘non-representational’ in the cultural economies of the Blue Mountains. What emerges is a picture of rural and regional places as more than the ‘other’ of metropolitan creative cities. Place itself is shown to embody affordances, unique institutional structures and the invisible threads that ‘hold communities together’.

If, in the wake of the publication of Florida’s Rise of the Creative Class, creative industries models tended to emphasize ‘big cities’ and the spatial-cum-cultural imaginaries of the ‘Global North’, recent research and policy discourses – especially, in the Australian context - have paid greater attention to ‘small cities’, rural and remote creativity. This collection will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners in creative industries, urban and regional studies, sociology, geography, and cultural planning.

Table of Contents


Eduardo de la Fuente and Ariella Van Luyn

Section 1: Landscapes, Tastescapes and Sensescapes: Creatively Responding to Place

Chapter 1: Fruit forward?: Wine Regions as Geographies of Innovation in Australia and Canada

Julie McIntyre, Donna Senese and John S. Hull

Chapter 2: There’s No taste Like Home: Histories of Native Food on the Changing Landscape of the Northern Rivers Region

Adele Wessel

Chapter 3: Terraform and Terra Firma: Transnational Economies of Image, Landscape and Location in Screen Production in Queensland

Allison Craven

Chapter 4: Landscape as Tension: The Blue Mountains and Cultural Economies of Place

Eduardo de la Fuente

Chapter 5: Deck-Chair Innovation: Innovation within Arm’s Reach for Regional Australian Architecture: A little of What We Found When We Rode the Grand Section across Australia’s Girth in 2017

Bobbie Bayley, Owen Kelly, inspired by and co-authored with John Roberts

Section 2: Placing Knowledge and Innovation Economies: Regional Universities, Ecosystems and Fab Labs

Chapter 6: The Troubling Third Tier: Small Cities, Small Universities and an Ambivalent Knowledge Economy

Tara Brabazon

Chapter 7: Locating Knowledge in Australian Cities: The Knowledge City Index

Lawrence Pratchett, Michael James Walsh, Richard Hu and Sajeda Tuli

Chapter 8: Universities and Regional Creative Economies

Donna Hancox, Terry Flew, Sasha Mackay and Yi Wang

Chapter 9: The Role of Fab Labs and Living Labs for Economic Development of Regional Australia

Ana Bilandzic, Marcus Foth, Greg Hearn

Section 3: Regional Creative Industries and their Potentials: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives

Chapter 10: The Hunter Region: A Creative System at Work

Phillip McIntyre, Susan Kerrigan, Evelyn King and Claire Williams

Chapter 11: "Anything That’s Not in London": Regions, Mobility and Spatial Politics in Contemporary Visual Art

Emma Coffield

Chapter 12: Sculptural Coastlines: Site-specific Artworks, Beachscapes and Regional Identities

Elizabeth Ellison and Michelle Thompson

Chapter 13: One Piece Blokes: On Being a Performing Musician in Regional Queensland

David Cashman, Andy Bennett and Natalie Lewandowski

Chapter 14: Positive Deviance: Stories of Regional Social Innovations from the Big Stories, Small Towns Project

Martin Potter

About the Editors

Ariella Van Luyn is a lecturer in writing at the University of New England, Armidale. Her research interests include practice-led research, historical fiction, community narratives and regional creativity.

Eduardo de la Fuente is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong. His research interests include culture, economy, creativity and place.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General