This cluster explores the relationships between cultural production and cultural consumption by interrogating the ways in which governments, markets, cultural organisations, traditional media and digital institutions construct value and meaning from creative processes and products.

Members' interests are cross-disciplinary and include, for example, equality and diversity in cultural practices and policymaking; in/exclusion in festival environments; sustainability of cultural organisations; creative industries and cultural value; notions of quality in creative practice; cultural participation; conceptualisations of 'failure'; media policy; mediation of popular music; and broadcast radio.

Primarily employing creative qualitative methods, including visual approaches, discourse and narrative analysis, reflective practice, critical media analysis, ethnography and action research, members' work seeks to contribute to policies, practices, and the developing body of knowledge in this important field.