In Sustaining Cultural Development, Biljana Mickov and James Doyle argue that effective programmes to promote greater participation in cultural life require substantial investment in research and strategic planning. Using studies from contributors throughout Europe, they look at ways to promote cultural life as the centre of the broader sustainable development of society. These studies illustrate how combining cultural identity, cultural diversity and creativity with increased participation of citizens in cultural life improves harmonized cultural development and promotes democracy. They indicate a shift from traditional governance of the cultural sector to a new, more horizontal, approach that links cultural workers at different levels in different sectors and different locations. This book will stimulate debate amongst cultural leaders, city managers and other policy makers, as well as serving as a resource for researchers and those teaching and learning on a range of post-graduate courses and programmes.
Biljana Mickov researches cultural policy development, in co-operation with local authorities. She is the editor of New Thought, a bilingual magazine published in Serbia focusing on contemporary culture and is engaged in projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Institute for Culture in Novi Sad, Serbia, as well as internationally, in collaboration with European colleagues. Mickov has a degree in geography from the University of Novi Sad and a European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. James Doyle is a cultural manager, a practising artist and an Arts Officer for Dublin City Council. He launched the research website European Public Art Network, which features topical public art issues from around the world and he is a co-producer of d.ploy, an organization undertaking projects focussed at the intersection between creative and cultural industries and economic regeneration. He also ran an independent event management company and was a national representative for events Industry Training in the UK. Amongst other qualifications Jim has a degree in fine art, diplomas in cultural management, physics and chemistry.