Susan Luckman


Crafting self: promoting the making self in the creative micro-economy

The primary aim of this project was to determine how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between public and private spheres. A key research question was - what are the ‘self-making’ skills required to...

Craft economies

This book provides a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary craft production, situating practices of amateur and professional making within a wider creative economy.
Conference paper

Cultural industries and the environment: towards a sustainable knowledge economy

This paper draws upon findings from a 3 year creative industries study- 'Creative Tropical City'- to examine the enabling role played by the natural environment in terms of local creativity.
Journal article

Women’s micro-entrepreneurial home-working: A ‘magical solution’ to the work-life relationship?

Enabled by the global distribution affordances of the Internet, increasing numbers of creative producers of the handmade—the majority of whom are women—are working from home as sole traders. Selling their wares via online marketplaces such as Etsy, such women often do so as a means...
Journal article

GIS, ethnography, and cultural research: putting maps back into ethnographic mapping

This article discusses how geographic information system (GIS) technologies were used to enhance ethnographic methodologies within a cultural research project, Creative Tropical City: Mapping Darwin's Creative Industries. It shows how mapping technologies can broaden the scope of data available via interview practices and produce innovative...