Members of London Met's Media, Culture and Creative Technologies Research Group have received external funding for the projects listed below:
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 TRE that 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. The BBC has invited Professor Lewis to demonstrate the Radio Garden to school students at several of its STEM Ambassador events, and UNESCO’s 2020 World Radio Day is publicising the site.
- Lost Trades of Islington (2017-19) was funded by the Heritage Fund. Professor 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.