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Creative Communities In Collaboration

The Creative Communities in Collaboration research lab (CCC) investigates how creativity and cultural production enable resilience and strength in communities. Not only a driver of 21st century economies, culture and creative expression also enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities. The CCC examines emergent and community-based responses to social, economic, political, and cultural problems. We highlight co-creation, teaching and learning, and community engagement as ways of knowing and researching.


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Youth culture


Creative industries

Cultural policy

Political economy

Community arts

Critical pedagogy

Gender studies

2019-2020: Mapping Canadian Arts-Service Organizations as Cultural Research Conduits (SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant; Principal Investigator, in collaboration with Mass Culture).

2017-2019: Community Youth Arts Programs as Creative Industries Incubators (SSHRC Insight Development; Principal Investigator)

2017-2020: Comic-Cons: An Urban Media Industry (SSHRC Partnership Development Grant; Co-Investigator with Principal Investigator Ben Woo and Co-Investigators Brian Johnson and Bart Beaty)


Director of the Creative Communities in Collaboration

Miranda Campbell - Director of the Creative Communities in Collaboration

Miranda Campbell


Dr. Miranda Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Industries. Her research interests include youth culture, creative labour, and policy development. Her book, Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy, maps the rise of small-scale self-generated creative work amongst youth in the 21st century, and was shortlisted for the Donner Prize, for the best public policy book by a Canadian. Beyond her academic research on contemporary trends in youth culture and employment in creative fields, Dr. Campbell has worked in the community sector with Rock Camp for Girls Montreal, a summer camp dedicated to empowerment for girls through music education, and with WhipperSnapper Gallery, an artist-run centre focusing on emerging artists in Toronto.