The Contributors




Sophie Hope

Sophie Hope is a lecturer and practice-based researcher at Birkbeck, University of London in the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Department.


Owen Kelly

Owen Kelly grew up in Birkenhead, worked in Brixton, and now lives in Helsinki. He currently works as principal lecturer in online media at Arcada, a university of applied science in Helsinki.


Abhijit Sinha

Abhijit is a social innovator, and the founder of Project DEFY.


Megha Sharma Bhagat

Megha Bhagat is a social innovator with a legal background. She has worked on designing strategies for livelihood creations, job creations through alternate learnings and is responsible for DEFY’s growth strategy, viability plans and partnerships.


Arlene Goldbard

Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, social activist, and consultant who works for justice, compassion and honor in every sphere, from the interpersonal to the transnational. She is known for her provocative, independent voice and her ability to inspire and activate. Arlene’s essays have appeared in such journals as Art in America, The Independent, Theatre, […]


Jonathan Gross

Jonathan Gross is a researcher and teacher in the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London. He has previously worked at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield.


Stephen Pritchard

Stephen Pritchard is a researcher, community artist, art historian, academic, writer, activist and filmmaker. Proudly working-class and a socialist, he is fervently opposed to (but also a part of) the neoliberal institutionalisation of the arts.


François Matarasso

On his website François explains that “My work in community and participatory art stands on the belief that everyone has the right to create art and to share the result, as well as to enjoy and participate what others do. Shaping your own cultural identity – and having it recognised by others – is central to human dignity and growth. If people can’t represent themselves culturally how can they do so in any other way, including politically?"


Susanna Paasonen

Susanna Paasonen is professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku. She has an interest in studies of popular culture, affect, sexuality, and media theory. She is the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press 2011) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018).


Alison Jeffers

Alison Jeffers is a Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Contemporary Performance at the University of Manchester where she has worked since 2009. Her research interests include: cultural democracy; applied theatre practice and research methodologies; participatory theatre with marginalised groups; community arts history and practice; performances of citizenship and belonging. She co-edited Culture Democracy and the Right to Make Art, with artist Gerri Moriarty


Cathy Hunt

Cathy Hunt is a cultural strategist based in Brisbane and working across Australia and Asia Pacific. As one of the founding Directors of Positive Solutions, she specialises in policy formation, strategic planning and the funding and financing of the arts. Cathy has worked throughout Australia and in Hong Kong on the development of cultural policy, […]


Sally Labern

Sally Labern is a visual artist whose work combines autonomous practice, short term collaborations and durational socially engaged projects like the drawing shed. She works in sculpture and drawing, film, print and live performative works. She is deeply interested in resilience and the shadow which informs the ideas within her work; and she is a sculptor who makes/remake things


Agnieszka Pokrywka

Agnieszka Pokrywka was born in Poland and lives in Finland. By heart she is a multimedia explorer interested in participatory, collaborative and open source practices.


Nick Mahony

Nick Mahony is a researcher and project worker with a long-standing involvement in the politics of public engagement and participatory democracy. He is co-founder of the Movement for Cultural Democracy – a new movement that initially emerged from participatory sessions organised in September 2017 at The World Transformed festival.


Timo Cantell

Timo Cantell works as the director of the Urban Research and Statistics Unit of the City of Helsinki. In this capacity he edits Kvartti, a quarterly print and web publication that presents the work of the unit to the citizens of Helsinki.


George Fleming

George Fleming is a Birmingham based filmmaker and media practitioner. His work has included television documentaries, sports programming, short films and feature film writing. He has extensive experience of developing film and media projects with broadcasters, community organisations, companies, arts bodies and universities. He has also worked with young adults in both formal and informal […]


Sarah Feinstein

Sarah Feinstein is currently a teaching fellow at the School of Performance and Creative Industries at the University of Leeds. Previously, she worked as a lecturer in Museology at the Institute of Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral research was on the heritage management of former security sites in the North of […]


Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright is an artist and researcher. Her work draws on her background in ethnomusicology and combines approaches from ethnography and social art. Dominant themes in her work include cultural ownership and the diverse manifestations of ‘folk’ and ‘tradition’ in contemporary society. Using critical inquiry and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage informal and ‘grassroots’ cultural […]


Sofia Bustamante

Sofia Bustamante, MEng, FRSA works as a social process designer. She has nearly 3 decades of work in conflict mediation, facilitation and community building. She currently focuses on applying the design patterns of nature in distributed contexts to develop a pattern language for conflict resolution. She draws on diverse influences from biomimicry to The Art of Hosting practices to the martial art of Aikido.


Russell Southwood

Russell Southwood worked for The Leveller before founding the Publications Distribution Cooperative. He then became one of the four founding members of Comedia, where he co-authored the influential 1985 book What a Way to Run a Railroad. He founded Balancing Act Africa in 2000, which became “the primary source for information on the telecoms, Internet and audio-visual media industries in Africa”. In 2012 he founded SmartMonkey TV, which he continues to run.


Mike Neary

Mike Neary currently acts as Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. During his time at Lincoln he has had the posts of the Dean of Teaching and Learning, 2007 – 14, the Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Development, 2007 – 2012, and Director of the Graduate […]


Stacco Troncoso

Stacco Troncoso teaches and writes on the Commons, P2P politics and economics, open culture, post-growth futures, Platform and Open Cooperativism, decentralised governance, blockchain and more as part of the P2P Foundation, Commons Transition and Guerrilla Translation.


Jake Harries

Jake Harries is a media artist and composer whose work explores ideas of openness in skills/knowledge sharing and how technology might help facilitate this. Since 2007 he has been curating and developing the digital and participatory arts programme at Access Space, where he is currently Director of Art & Innovation.


Andrew Demetrius

Andrew Demetrius is curator at the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, where he is also a PhD researcher on a project currently titled The Town art of Glenrothes and David Harding. As an artist, Andrew has a research-based practice which examines post-war modernist art pedagogy and material culture, with reference to classroom literature and learning environments.


Monika Dutta

Monika Dutta is an award winning artist and filmmaker. Her work is concerned with the tangible natural environment and the constructed realities of a culture driven by technology, as reflected through subtle and precarious relationships that exist between the Urban and the Rural.


David Teevan

David Teevan has worked for 25 years as a creative producer in the professional arts sector in Ireland. Over the years he created, developed and managed a number of highly regarded arts organisations including Clonmel Junction Festival, Ten 42 Productions and Galloglass Theatre Company.


Loraine Leeson

Dr. Loraine Leeson works as a visual artist and works primarily through social engagement. She also works as programme leader for MA in Art and Social Practice in the Department of Visual Arts at Middlesex University, London. Her research focuses on the role of art in social and environmental change through bringing community-based knowledge into the public domain.


Jenny Richards

Jenny Richards works as a freelance curator and writer based in London and Stockholm whose research focuses on the politics of collaborative practices.