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Culture and Creativity

Cultural and creativity – art, theatre, literature, fashion, game industry, design, architecture, gardening and place development – have taken on an increasingly important role in society, even outside the traditional cultural sectors. Cultural, artistic and creative expressions act as resources for service development.

Collage of microphone, dancers, book, sculpture, paint

Within the cultural and creative industries, the degree of innovation is high. In the interface with digital technologies, there is rapid development of new ways of consuming art and culture, but also of business models and forms of cooperation across social spheres. These activities are often embedded in complex networks of both public and private actors and resources, creating specific conditions.

The research at the Department of Service Studies concerns how the organization and management of work with professional culture takes place, how and where cultural and creative services are consumed, and how political decisions and priorities affect the opportunities to take part in cultural expressions. The theme takes its theoretical starting point in cultural analytical, sociological and business economics perspectives, including organizational theory.

The research theme also drives the interdisciplinary and Campus-based network CROCUS. The network is a strategic investment from Lund University and functions as a platform for education and research on culture and creativity.

Fredriksson, C. & Säwe, F. (forthcoming 2023) “Seaweed Stories: Ecopreneurial practices, creative work and the making of a sustainable lifestyle” Andersson Cederholm, E., Lindqvist, K., Warkander, P. & de Wit Sandström, I. (red.). Creative work. Myths, Conditions and Contents. London: Routledge.

Kärrholm, S. & Sjöholm, C. (forthcoming 2023) Crime writing as cultural and creative industry, profession and life style on the Swedish book market. Andersson Cederholm, E., Lindqvist, K., Warkander, P. & de Wit Sandström, I. (red.). Creative work. Myths, Conditions and Contents. London: Routledge.

Fredriksson, C. (in press 2022). “Beyond Urban Sketching. Ethnographic drawing as a visual analytical method. Cultural Analysis

Ledendal, M. & Fredriksson, C. (2022) Tång + Keramik + Textil, May 19. Research outputNon-textual form › Curated/produced exhibition/event at SSDD/Form Design Center

Lindqvist, K. (2022) “Public funding for culture in Sweden.” In Sakarias Sokka (red.) Cultural policy in the Nordic welfare states: Aims and functions of public funding for culture, 113–132. Köpenhamn: Nordiska ministerrådet. 

Loodin, H. & Thufvesson, O. (2022). Which architectural style makes an attractive street scape? Aesthetic preferences among city centre managers. Journal of Urban Design, 1-19.

Fredriksson, C. (2021) ”Mellan vardagslyx och oväsentligheter. Om guldkantsterror och välbefinnandets kulturella natur.” Severinsson, E. & Warkander, P. (red.). Modevetenskap: Perspektiv på stil och estetik. Stockholm: Apell

Fredriksson, C. (2021) ”På spaning efter tången. Om färg, vatten och visuella perspektiv på havets blå åkrar.”  Lundin, S., Rivano Eckerdal, J. & Åkesson, L. (red). ETN. Etnologisk skriftserie, vol. 10. Lunds universitet

Lindqvist, K. (red.) (2019) Kompetens i museisektorn: Politik, praktik och relationen till högre utbildning. Lund: Nordic Academic Press.

Lindqvist, K. (2019) “Dilemmas and Paradoxes of Regional Cultural Policy Implementation: Governance Modes, Discretion, and Policy Outcome.”) Administration and Society, 51(1), 63–90. 


Recent publications

The rise and fall of cultural and creative industries policy in SwedenLindqvist, K., 2022 aug. 24, Accomplishing Cultura...
Public funding for culture in SwedenLindqvist, K., 2022, Cultural policy in the Nordic welfare states: Aims and function...
Tång + Keramik + TextilLedendal, M. & Fredriksson, C., 2022 maj 19Forskningsoutput: Icke-textbaserad output › Kurerad/pr...
Which architectural style makes an attractive streetscape? Aesthetic preferences among city centre managersLoodin, H. & ...