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Utilizing Culture and Creativity for Sustainable Development: Reflections on the City of Östersund’s Membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3887-681X
2018 (English)In: New Metropolitan Perspectives: Local Knowledge and Innovation Dynamics Towards Territory Attractiveness Through the Implementation of Horizon/E2020/Agenda2030 – Volume 2 / [ed] Francesco Calabrò, Lucia Della Spina, Carmelina Bevilacqua, Cham: Springer, 2018, Vol. 101, p. 398-405Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within the last few years, cities around the world have promoted creativity as a new resource for driving future development. As a result, a number of networks have emerged around this theme. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is one such network that attempts to use creativity as a mechanism to achieve sustainable growth and development. The network has grown rapidly since its inception in 2004 and now has 180 members worldwide, all of which have adopted the UCCN guidelines and directives. In this paper, the authors explore if and how cities use their membership to implement sustainable development goals. The paper uses the northern Swedish city of Östersund as a case study, which has been an active member of the UCCN since 2010. Study findings indicate that membership in the UCCN has enabled Östersund to advance sustainability discourse at a regional level, as well as improve practice in a limited sense. At the same time, findings also identify a number of challenges for integrating sustainability objectives into the UCCN.

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Cham: Springer, 2018. Vol. 101, p. 398-405
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Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, ISSN 2190-3018, E-ISSN 2190-3026 ; 101
Keywords [en]
Creative cities, Sustainable development, UNESCO, Östersund
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33851DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92102-0_42Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048058373Local ID: ETOURISBN: 978-3-319-92102-0 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-319-92101-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33851DiVA, id: diva2:1221074
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ISHT 2018, 3rd International New Metropolitan Perspectives, Reggio Calabria, 22-25 May, 2018
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-10-18Bibliographically approved

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