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date: 27 February 2021

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This article argues that geography matters to the formation and dynamics of project ecologies in the creative industries. The article begins by discussing how work is organized in the creative industries, emphasizing the role of project ecologies as a key mechanism by which workers and firms innovate and learn, as well as the consequences for individual workers in terms of risk. The article argues that, in the creative industries, geography matters to the dynamics of project ecologies and their underlying local labour markets in three distinct ways. First, local networks play an important role in learning, knowledge exchange, and job search. Second, local scenes or spaces within cities act as critical infrastructure for project ecologies. These local scenes and spaces provide opportunities for creative workers to ‘hang out’ in places where they can tune into background ‘noise’ and ‘buzz’. These distinctive urban environments have unique identity and place characteristics, which become embedded in products, enhancing their competitiveness. Finally, there are nuanced differences in its articulation and outcomes of project-based work in creative industries that are dependent on geographic, industrial and institutional context.

Keywords: projects, project ecologies, institutions, creative industries, risk, labour markets, scenes, networks, careers

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