Reimagining the Creative Economy’s Role in Sustainable Regional Development
Join Dr. Nicole Foster, assistant professor of sustainable community development, for a talk on how creative economy policies tend to focus on the development of ‘creative clusters’ to bolster innovation and economic growth. However, strong creative clusters are also associated with uneven development, gentrification, and sector exclusion, which pose challenges for sustainable and inclusive development goals. This presentation challenges the primacy of ‘creative clusters’ in regional development policy and posits an alternative conceptual framework, ‘creative ecologies.’ Drawing on findings from the UK’s South West Creative Technology Network, the presentation concludes with recommendations for effectively engaging the creative and cultural sectors for sustainable regional development.
Nicole Foster PhD joined Northland College in August 2020 as an assistant professor of sustainable community development. Her research explores the role cultural and creative sectors have on community development, urban revitalization, and regional development.
Please register below and you will be emailed the details to join the talk via Microsoft Teams.