CUMEDIAE aisbl has joined a consortium of well respected social and economic research institutes, cultural managers and creative workers from six European countries, led by the University of Turku (Finland), in a three year long research project intended to reshape the economic and social perception of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). The DISCE Project (acronym for Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies), funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Programme, aims to reassess the role of CCIs as contributors to growth, quality employment, competitiveness, and to the attractiveness and social cohesion of cities and regions across the EU.

The DISCE project is set to start in January 2019 for a period of 3 years. Its lead coordinator is the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship within the Turku School of Economics(TSE) of the University of Turku (UTU) from Finland. The other research members of the consortium are the King’s College London (KCL) from the United Kingdom, the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) from Italy, and the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga Latvia. The consortium is completed the European network of non-governmental cultural centres based in Sweden Trans Europe Halles (TEH), who will, together with CUMEDIAE, assume both the communications and the stakeholder engagement within the Cultural and Creative Industries.