Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies

The DISCE – Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies project is set to improve and enhance the growth, inclusivity and sustainability of the CCIs in the EU.

Overall, the ambitious objectives of DISCE are:

  • To support the development patterns of the CCIs within the EU through improved indicators on their performance;
  • To contribute to the economy through research on career perspectives, skills development, new business models and inclusive growth;
  • To re-shape understanding of what ‘inclusive and sustainable growth’ consists of in this context, shifting the CCIs (and CCIs policy) towards strategic goals of ‘cultural development’ that encompass both GDP and human flourishing.


  • CCIs identification, mapping and statistics
  • Creative careers: from education and skills development to inequalities and activism
  • Business models and innovation
  • Cultural development
  • Policy and stakeholder interaction


The DISCE project combines a range of methodologies to maximise its robustness as well as its reach and impact:

  • Quantitative mapping and statistical analysis to give a better understanding of the inclusive and sustainable development of CCIs in Europe
  • Case studies to provide in-depth understanding of issues of growth, inclusivity and sustainability in specific case study city-regions
  • Interactive workshops and co-creation events to engage with stakeholders to validate the policy relevance of the project and co-design and co-produce the research to achieve long-term impact and sustainability


The DISCE Consortium puts together academic and stakeholder partners with a variety of complementary skills and competencies, joining their knowledge to tackle challenges of the Cultural and Creative sector from different points of view.

The Consortium is working closely for three years to provide new science-based evidence and policy options to support the development of Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe.

The Consortium consists of:

  • The University of Turku (UTU)
  • King’s College London (KCL)
  • The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)
  • Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE)
  • CUMEDIAE, Culture & Media Agency Europe
  • Trans Europe Halles (TEH)

Advisory Board

  • Jarna Heinonen – Chair
  • Elisa Akola – Secretary
  • Dr. Paolo Veneri
  • Dr. Annick Schramme
  • Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens
  • Annette Hill


The project is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.


If you have questions about the project or would like to get involved, please contact Burak Sayin.

Partners & funders