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Cultural industries, cultural clusters and the city: The example of natural history film-making in Bristol

Bassett, Keith; Griffiths, Ron; Smith, Ian


Keith Bassett

Ron Griffiths


This paper explores the structure of the natural history film-making cluster in Bristol in the light of wider theories concerning the nature and importance of clusters in urban growth. After reviewing relevant literature concerning clustering in the cultural industries, and an overview of the cultural industries sector in Bristol, the paper proceeds to analyse this particular cluster in more detail. The analysis proceeds by examining in turn the origins and stages of cluster gowth, different aspects of cluster depth, linkages between the local cluster and the global economy, institutional thickness and cluster support, and the current dynamics of change. The final section relates the findings back to questions of cluster definition and local policy initiatives. © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.


Bassett, K., Griffiths, R., & Smith, I. (2002). Cultural industries, cultural clusters and the city: The example of natural history film-making in Bristol. Geoforum, 33(2), 165-177.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 4, 2002
Journal Geoforum
Print ISSN 0016-7185
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 2
Pages 165-177
Keywords spatial clusters, cultural industries, media industries, broadcasting, natural history film-making, urban cultural policies
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Additional Information Additional Information : Equal co-author. Work undertaken as part of ESRC Cities programme. Smith led on contextual analysis of secondary data in the article and contributed to its conceptual framing. Builds on ideas presented in co-authored papers to conferences on cultural and social change (Manchester, 2000) and Urban Affairs Association (Los Angeles, 2000)