Dr Cecilia Dinardi

Informal Creative Cities? Connecting Urban Cultural Policy with Grassroots Interventions in Latin America

Funding period: 8 August 2013 – 7 October 2016
Type of funding: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Cecilia Dinardi was based at the Department for Cultural and Creative Industries, City University London. She is a cultural sociologist interested in cultural policies, heritage, cities, urban regeneration and qualitative methodologies. Her research focuses on urban governance, cultural policies and creative cities in the Global South, exploring ways of connecting the formal domain of cultural policy making with the informal world of ordinary practices in the cultural sector. Focusing on both policy and grassroots cultural interventions in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, her research programme addresses existing limitations in the literature on creative cities by exploring alternative ways of understanding culture and creativity in contexts of urban segregation, social inequality, poor-quality public spaces and growing informal settlements.

Cecilia has now taken up a position as a Lecturer in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration, and Director of Research at ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London.




Dinardi, C. (Forthcoming). ‘The building of creative hubs: urban regeneration, recovered industrial factories and cultural production in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro’. Gill R. & Virani T. (eds) Creative Hubs in Question: Place, Space and Work in the Creative Economy.

Dinardi, C. (Forthcoming). ‘Creativity, informality and cultural labour in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas’, International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Mbaye, J., & Dinardi, C. (2018). ‘Ins and outs of the cultural polis: Informality, culture and governance in the global South’, Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098017744168

Dinardi, C. (2017). Bhering, the making of an arts factory (Video | Film Screening).

Dinardi, C. (2017). ‘Cities for sale: Contesting city branding and cultural policies in Buenos Aires’, Urban Studies, 54/1: 85–101. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015604079

Dinardi, C. (2016). ‘Creative precariousness, urban discontent and cultural networks: An introduction to a public lecture with Néstor García Canclini’, International Journal of Cultural Studies. DOI: 10.1177/1367877916629846

Dinardi, C. (2016). ‘Reconstruyendo el pasado, representando la Nación: el bicentenario argentino y la recuperación del espacio público tras la crisis de 2001’. Levey C., Ozarow D., & Wylde C. (eds) De la crisis de 2001 al kirchnerismo: Cambios y Continuidades. Prometeo Libros: Buenos Aires.

Dinardi, C. (2016). ‘Cultural Producers and Social Change in Latin America (Book Review)’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 48/03: 662–4. DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X16001358

Dinardi, C. (2015). ‘Unsettling the role of culture as panacea: The politics of culture-led urban regeneration in Buenos Aires’, City, Culture and Society, 6/2: 9–18. DOI: 10.1016/j.ccs.2015.03.003

Dinardi, C. (2014). ‘Why disused London tube stations should not just be sold to the highest bidder’. The Conversation.

Dinardi, C. (2014). ‘Assembling the Past, Performing the Nation: The Argentine Bicentenary and Regaining of Public Space in the Aftermath of the 2001 Crisis’. Levey C., Ozarow D., & Wylde C. (eds) Argentina since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future. Palgrave MacMillan.

Dinardi, C. (2013). ‘Trabajo Postal y Arquitectura Pública. Funciones e Imaginarios de Modernidad’. Collado A. (ed.) Arquitectura Moderna y Estado en Argentina: Edificios para Correos y Telecomunicaciones (1947-1955). CEDODAL; Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo UNL, Argentina.