Books & Journals

CDN has produced three books and two special journal editions that assist in our aim to promote cultural vitality in communities throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally.


Making Culture CountMaking Culture Count : the Politics of Cultural Measurement’, 2015

Culture and cultural development are now internationally recognised as important dimensions of contemporary governance and public policy. The production of accurate and relevant data has become central to cultural policy and how the cultural lives of citizens are understood. Conceptual and practical developments in measurement tools, such as cultural indicators, have the potential to enrich our understanding of culture’s role in wellbeing, vitality and citizenship. From UNESCO’s benchmarks for cultural freedom to comparative measures of provision and creative cities indices, diverse approaches to quantifying culture and tracking progress now exist. But how useful are all these measures? Are they helping us to keep track of what matters? What opportunities exist to contest, refine or democratise these systems of measurement? Making Culture Count brings together diverse perspectives from scholars, policy-makers and creative practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural measurement and its political implications. Edited by by Lachlan MacDowall, Marnie Badham, Emma Blomkamp and Kim Dunphy. (CDN’s Research Program Manager). Making Culture Count can now be pre-purchased by emailing: More information: Palgrave MacMillan. Download Flyer

Local Global Journale-journal: Local Global Journal – Special Edition, 2011

This special edition: ‘Regenerating Community: Arts, Community and Governance’ of RMIT’s journal features keynote presentations, peer-reviewed and practitioner articles based on presentations made at the ReGenerating Community: Arts, Community and Governance National Conference 2009

UNESCO Journale-Journal: Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts, 2008, Vol 1, Issue 2.

This edition of the UNESCO Observatory, University of Melbourne, e-Journal of Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts was produced on the topic of ‘Creative Local Communities: Cultural Vitality and Human Rights’.
Co-edited by CDN staff members Kim Dunphy and John Smithies, it features articles of interest from all around the world.

Public Art projectBook and website: Public Art Public Housing, 2004

North Richmond Community Health Centre, Department of Human Services Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, and the Cultural Development Network.
This book celebrates the creative collaborative work of residents, artists and organisations on public housing estates across Victoria since 1999.

Fourth Pillar of SustainabilityMonograph: The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability, 2001

Jon Hawkes for the Cultural Development Network, published by Common Ground
Our most important research work and policy platform frames culture as the ‘fourth pillar’ of public policy.