Stockholms universitet har fått ett fyraårigt forskningsanslag från EU:s ramprogram Horizon 2020 och utlysningen ”Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformations in the Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” för en del inom projektet ”Creative Industries Cultural Economy Production Network” (CICERONE), som koordinares av Amsterdams universitet. Ansvariga forskare vid Stockholms universitet är Dominic Power och Thomas Borén, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.

CICERONE will provide policymakers with a unique and innovative perspective from which to understand the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). Previous analyses have mapped the location and distribution of the CCIs; CICERONE innovates by exploring the flows of products and ideas that generate the economic and cultural values in and of places, and which also account for the disparities between them. Moreover, CICERONE explores the evolving relationships between culture and the economy. Place is central to this project; place as co-produced by networks: jobs, ideas, cultures and economies all come together in unique combinations in places, this is what makes them ‘unique’. The variations in local capacities to respond to global forces determine the past, present and future of all territories. By using the global production network (GPN) approach we will develop a comprehensive understanding of CCIs (in the form of industries, clusters and networks). Furthermore, CICERONE will translate this new research into a stakeholder network, and an observatory, whose designs are reflective of the network approach. These will themselves be part of European capacity building which will serve to strengthen CCIs’ collective representation, empower sustainable co-creation, and spur local cultural resilience, jobs and economic activity.

At its core, CICERONE provides an academic analysis harnessed to economic, cultural and social impacts in terms of local capacity building in, and across, places; as well as deepening our understanding of the inequalities and lack of diversity of social characteristic and economic employment opportunities that characterises the CCIs. Stockholm University will lead the Work Package named Supportive Policy-Making.