Deploying collaborative artistic co-creative methods to strategically promote eco-social sustainability for small island communities

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Project Description

Knowledge accumulated through lived experience can improve ecological sustainability in small communities. This project will reveal the role and value of embodied knowledge in a marginal community. The research will help communities co-create sustainable, meaningful futures, by employing artistic eco-social methods to design projects that promote interconnectedness across the whole community (human and non-human). The methodology integrates social enterprises and national organisations, Sniffer and Creative Carbon Scotland, into a community-centred approach.
This doctoral research project is focussed on facilitating long-term sustainability based on local expertise, by employing artistic co-creative methods to exhibit the eco-social and cultural importance of embodied knowledge.


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Student Name

Laura Donkers

Academic History

2013-14, MFA Art Society Publics

2009-11, BA Hons Fine Art


Professor Mary Modeen, University of Dundee

Professor Ioan Fazey, University of Dundee

Dr Iain Biggs, University of Dundee


Creative Scotland Talent Award

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Research Grant

CnES/Creative Scotland Professional Practice Award

Artist Residency, DRAWinternational

Contact Details

Visual Research Centre, DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY


First published: 3 October 2017