Culture as a Pillar of Sustainable Development: The Case of Athens, March 8, 2019

Saint Mary’s University 12:00 to 1:30 pm McNally Main, Room 227

Cultural and creative industries can be a key driver of growth and sustainable development. However, in a competitive and rapidly changing world, unlocking the potential of the creative sector of the economy is not easy. International experience has shown that networking and cooperation, urban clustering and the creative use of information and communication technologies are of vital importance.
Within this framework the impact of new cultural projects and initiatives is analyzed.
Particular emphasis is given to the initiative undertaken by Panteion University which led to the creation in January 2018 of a network of local authorities and cultural organizations which include, inter alia, the Acropolis museum, the National Library, the Athens Concert Hall, the National Museum of Modern Art and the Onassis Cultural Centre. Cooperation in the fields of technology, education and research and the diffusion of positive results to the wider region as part of an effort to promote a different development paradigm are among the main aims of this initiative.


Dr. Nikos Leandros

Professor and Vice-Rector for Financial Planning and Development, Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Athens, Greece
Dr. Nikos Leandros is Professor of Economics in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, where he teaches political economy, media economics and economics of culture. A former economist with the Bank of Greece, he is the author of several books including The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media of Europe and The Political Economy of Media: Industry Restructuring in the Era of Information Technology Revolution. His current research interests include strategies of sustainable development, technological change and media, new business models, and the cultural and creative industries.

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