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CES-UC coordinates European project on cultural and creative industries in non-urban areas of the European Union

12 july, 2022
© © Nancy Duxbury - CES

The Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES-UC) has received the approval of its application for the project 'IN SITU: Place-based Innovation of Cultural and Creative Industries in Non-Urban Areas', funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Programme.

Despite the increased visibility and importance of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) based in non-urban areas of the European Union (EU) in the last decade, there is a clear lack of research and policy attention to their specific needs, characteristics and potential. Thus, IN SITU presents itself as an opportunity to study the established potential for competitiveness and innovation in this area, and to contribute to increase the capacity of CCIs to act as innovation, competitiveness and sustainability boosters in the non-urban contexts where they are located.

The project will be carried out over the next four years and has received a total funding of 4 million euros. The core defining aspect of IN SITU is the interlinking of research and practice through place-based IN SITU Labs, hubs for projects in 6 non-urban regions across Europe, located in Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, and Croatia.

The consortium, coordinated by CES and supported by an International Scientific Council, brings together 13 institutional partners in 12 countries: the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES, coordinator); National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland); European Network of Cultural Centres (Belgium); Utrecht University (Netherlands); National Institute for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Research (France); MONDRAGON Innovation & Knowledge (Spain); Kultura Nova Foundation (Croatia); University of the Azores (Portugal); University of Turku (Finland); Latvian Academy of Culture (Latvia); Bifröst University (Iceland); National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts "Kr. Sarafov" (Bulgaria); and the University of Hildesheim (Germany).

CES multidisciplinary research team is coordinated by Nancy Duxbury and includes Antonieta Reis Leite, Cláudia Pato de Carvalho, Hugo Pinto, Lorena Sancho Querol, Paula Abreu and Sílvia Ferreira.