Our partners and projects

Members of London Met's Media, Culture and Creative Technologies Research Group have received external funding for the following projects:

  • Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE) was a project funded under the EU’s Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) programme from 2013–16, in which researchers from six universities in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK examined historical and contemporary aspects of radio’s transnationality. Professor Peter Lewis was a Principle Investigator researching Minority Radio: Social and Cultural Identities, in collaboration with Dr. Caroline Mitchell, University of Sunderland.

  • Radio Garden is an output of the TRE project which commissioned the Amsterdam-based Studio Puckey to produce a platform that would digitally express the transnational radio experience. Launched in December 2016, it attracted a social media storm, 7.5 million hits in the first week, 100 million in the first year and 900 million page views. The most popular feature is the ability to access live radio streams from stations across the world. HERA has used the Radio Garden as a case study in its Public Engagement, Knowledge Exchange and Impact: A Toolkit for HERA Projects, describing it as “one of the most successful humanities public engagement activities ever carried out.”

  • Lost Trades of Islington (2017–19) was funded by the Heritage FundProfessor Jenny Harding collaborated with Age UK Islington, Islington Local Heritage Centre, colleagues and students from London Metropolitan University and older Islington residents to produce digital oral histories reflecting on work in diverse local trades from 1936-94 
  • Worker Writers and Community Publishers (2014–) has involved Professor Jenny Harding working with colleagues from the TUC Library, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Syracuse and community writing groups to preserve the history of a social movement (1970s-2000s) via the creation of a digital archive and oral history interviews.  
  • Musical MC2 is a research project on screen musicals, involving Dr Karen McNally and colleagues at the University of Paris.
  • Elephant Computer Interaction (2013–), involving Fiona French, is an investigation of how technology can be used to create innovative environmental enrichment for captive elephants.
  • ZooJam (2016–), involving Fiona French, is a collaborative design in Game Jam style workshops for international colleagues – aiming to extend the reach of UX design beyond human experience in order to become inclusive of other species and their interactions with technology.
Four people sitting at a table with a laptop on it and two behind at a workshop in Copenhagen

Transnational Radio Encounters workshop on community radio archives, Copenhagen, May 2015

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Partners and projects photo gallery

 Perpignan workshop with Basque and Occitan radio broadcasters
7 people sitting and 1 standing around a table at a workshop in Perpignan


 Transnational Radio Encounters project team meet at the British Library
4 people from the Transnational Radio Encounters project team standing in a conference room with red chairs at the British Library


Research projects and funding, 2020–21

  • Rescaling Fund, London Metropolitan University: £2,100 to support the project Producing the Voice of Ordinary People: Who Speaks Matters
    Principal Investigator: Dr Jenny Harding