DISCE Project invites CCI stakeholders to challenge research and thinking for more inclusive and sustainable outcomes
The Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCE) project set to improve and enhance the growth, inclusivity and sustainability of the CCIs in the EU was launched in January 2019. DISCE will investigate the relationships between higher education, skills development and creative work; emerging business models; possibilities for improved quantitative mapping; new ways to understand what the ‘growth’ of creative economies consists of – and why such growth is valuable. At the heart of the project is the question of how the creative economies of the future can be both inclusive and sustainable. Creative practitioners and policy makers will play a vital role in DISCE as both producers and users of new knowledge. Policy and stakeholder interaction that goes beyond the surface is fundamentally integrated throughout the activities of the project to maximise sustainability of the outcomes. Combining ten regional case studies with EU-wide quantitative mapping, the aim of DISCE, ultimately, is not only to understand the EU’s creative economies, but to help shape their future.
The project draws on the team’s highly interdisciplinary expertise. Entrepreneurship unit within the Turku School of Economics (TSE) of the University of Turku (UTU) is the coordinator of DISCE. Professor Jarna Heinonen from the Entrepreneurship unit is leading the project. The other research members of the consortium are the King’s College London (KCL) from the United Kingdom, the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) from Italy, and the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga, Latvia. The consortium is completed with a Belgian based non-profit consultancy Culture and Media Agency Europe aisbl (CUMEDIAE) and the European network of non-governmental cultural centres based in Sweden Trans Europe Halles (TEH), who will together assume both the communications and stakeholder engagement within the Cultural and Creative Industries. DISCE is funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission and it will run for a period of 3 years.
Read below the interview of Professor Jarna Heinonen to learn more about DISCE and its ambitious goals and follow DISCE in social media: