Dr Cecilia Dinardi is a cultural sociologist interested in cultural policies, heritage, cities, urban regeneration and qualitative methodologies. She has recently been awarded the Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to conduct research into urban governance, cultural policies and creative cities in the Global South. She re-joined City University London's Department of Culture & Creative Industries in October 2013, after having acted as a Research Officer between 2009-2011, when she managed the Researching Cultural and Creative Industries in London (RCCIL) database, aimed at making research more accessible to policy-makers, academics and service-providers.
Dr Dinardi's current research explores 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 project 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.