Since March 2017, Shanti Sumartojo has been leading a team of researchers – Joanne Mihelcic and Nicholas Walton- Healey as they investigate the atmosphere, vibrancy and authenticity of the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne.

The research project which has come about through a partnership between RMIT University, City of Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Market committee will use ethnographic research methods to unpack some of the intangible assets of the market. Through recorded interviews using GoPros and video cameras, the research team will speak with traders, customers and tourists to the Queen Victoria Market site as a way to understand their experiences of the market. The research project will conclude in June 2017 with DERC Director Sarah Pink  joining the team to develop insights from the key findings.

Photo credit: Nic Walton-Healey

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