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Option Module: Sustainable Creativity for the Cultural Industries

The creative and cultural industries are not immune to the global challenges we face. Indeed, environmental, economic and social sustainability issues are increasingly likely to effect creative practice, the arts and the cultural industries. This module aims to equip you with a critical understanding of the global sustainability trends likely to influence creative work and provides insight into how this may change throughout your career. You will examine the principles of sustainability, the role of creativity within sustainability projects and develop techniques that will help you reflect upon, shape and develop your creative process. You will be challenged to develop leadership strategies (or policy initiatives) for the creative industries whilst critically reflecting on how these enable adaptation to global sustainability challenges.

Illustrative Bibliography

Geels, F. W. (2010). Ontologies, socio-technical transitions (to sustainability), and the multi-level perspective. Research Policy, 39, 495-510.

Hess, D. J. (2014). Sustainability transitions: A political coalition perspective. Research Policy. 43, 278-283.

Khavul, S., Bruton, G. D. (2013). Harnessing innovation for change: sustainability and poverty in developing countries. Journal of Management Studies. 50, 2, 285-306.

Markard, J., Raven, R., & Truffer, B. (2012). Sustainability transitions: An emerging field of research and its prospects. Research Policy. 41, 955-967.

Martin, L. (2015). Creativity, sustainability and environmental challenges. Conference paper from New Zealand Creativity Challenge, Wellington, New Zealand.

Martin, L., Wilson, N. (2014). Opportunity, discovery and creativity: A critical realist perspective. International Small Business Journal DOI: 10.1177/0266242614551185.

Martin, L., & Wilson, N. (2014). Re-discovering creativity: Why theory-practice consistency matters. International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity, 2(1), 31-41.