Design Innovation & Cultural Resonances (Resonance): Place based Collaboration

Lead Research Organisation: Glasgow School of Art
Department Name: The Innovation School


Resonance will draw together creative economy practitioners and creative and cultural organisations in a series of productive civic exchanges centred upon the capturing, amplification and sharing of nuanced local knowledge and cultural assets to inform decision-making and community development plans. This will enable the development of innovation capability, capacity and place-based collaborations allowing for wider socio-cultural and economic impacts at a regional scale. Resonance will focus on the cultural knowledge of project partners, stakeholders, communities, practitioners and the attendant governance structures, to inform decision-making thus delivering local impacts in areas with no easy access to universities or research and innovation assets. Resonance will be led by GSA's Innovation School, with Professor Lynn-Sayers McHattie as Principal Investigator with Professor Steve Love and Dr Michael Johnson as Co-Investigators. Dr Brian Dixon, Research Director of Art and Design at the Belfast School of Art will join the team as a specialist researcher and Zoe Prosser as Project Assistant. Lynn has extensive experience of directing and delivering UKRI, including AHRC funding bids, and will guide the progression of the research through each of its key phases. Resonance has been conceived and shaped in collaboration with project partners: Shetland Arts Development Agency; A' the Airts, Sanquhar; and North Down Borough Council in N. Ireland, in addition to connecting directly with the Scottish Governments Island Plan. It will focus on knowledge exchange within the creative and cultural economy with a longer-term view for evidence-based research to contribute to local regeneration and development plans. The two contexts of Shetland and Sanquhar and their discreet cultural, heritage and geographic attributes opens up the potential for new pathways to impact as each community is enmeshed within the wider inquiry. In scaling these two prior engagements, County Down, N. Ireland - Ards and North Down - will focus on the transferability of coordinated civic dialogues as a means of shaping productive, place-based collaborations. Throughout, Resonance will foreground direct impact for the communities involved through both the exploration and articulation of cultural assets related to place, landscape and craft. A key output of the project will be a Cultural Assets Framework that articulates place-based cultural assets towards advancing inclusive growth, sustainable innovation and equality; providing valuable insights that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (, specifically SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 5 (Gender Equalities), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). Resonance will take place over the course of 12 months (January 2022-23) and progress through three distinct, interrelating phases: scoping and planning; speaker's series and civic exchanges; evaluation and dissemination. The civic exchanges will allow each respective community to explore issues around place, landscape and cultural assets through the lenses of renewal, sustainability and the future of communities. The civic exchanges will also facilitate local knowledge around the ways and means by which cultural heritage can be articulated and contribute to community strategies and development plans. In this latter aspect, attention will be paid to the distinction between the local and the regional, and the extent to which intercommunal comparisons may be drawn, as well as whether it is possible to scale up to a national perspective. The Resonance programme will conclude with the design of the Cultural Assets Framework and a Final Symposium in October 2022, which will simultaneously draw together and disseminate the insights and findings amongst the wider network(s), with the opportunity for partners to co-evaluate and trace the impact Resonance has had within communities and wider publics.


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Description Emerging Insights: People I Place I Practice
Place-based Communities: Creativity & Collective Wellbeing
Changing Landscapes: Sustainable Communities & Practices
Communities of Practice: Documenting, Sharing & Protecting Knowledge
Exploitation Route Design-led Innovation approaches
Sectors Creative Economy



Museums and Collections

Description Emerging social and cultural impact aligned to SADA's Social Outcomes Framework
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Creative Economy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural


Title Impact-film 
Description Co-produced contextually located video 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Place-based social and cultural impact 
Description Shetland Arts Development Agency (SADA) 
Organisation Shetland Arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Resonance foregrounds KE and translational research to connect local communities with design-led innovation relevant to place-based capacity building. The series of co-design workshops will enable the development of place-based collaborations and innovation capability towards embedding wider socio-cultural impacts at a regional scale.
Collaborator Contribution Co-design methods and tools.
Impact Workshops and Events Impact-films and Screenings Academic Journal Articles
Start Year 2013
Description Co-Design: Design-led Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mapping as Method: three maps of decision-making processes and provocations were co-designed with individuals and groups with experience of facilitating community participation in landscape decision-making from contrasting perspectives, for example, private landowners with sustainability targets and community trust development representatives. Each map functions at a separate scale - and combine to form a multi-level Land-Assets Decision-Making Framework: (1) the land-assets decision-making in Scotland Map, which outlines the policy, legislation, organisations, mechanisms and tools that influence land decision-making across Scotland. This map provides a national system-wide view of all the roles and stakeholders involved within land decision-making; (2) the local and-assets decision-making Influence Map, which can be used by communities to map assets within their landscape, relevant stakeholders and the influences they have over land and asset decision-making. This map takes a pragmatic and contextually situated approach to mapping both tangible and intangible assets in a specific locality with a focus on directions and scales of influence; (3) the local land-assets decision-making Mapping Tool, which can provide communities with prompts to build an equitable and participatory land and asset decision-making model, bespoke to their area and community needs. This map takes a conceptual approach and prompts community groups to consider the key thematic requirements of equitable community land decisions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021