Culturizing Sustainable Cities
Culturizing Sustainable Cities - Catalyzing translocal learning and advancement of emerging artistic/cultural environmental approaches . Research associate from Cyprus, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal (https://www.ces.uc.pt/projectos/culturizing/).
ATLAS Events Monitoring Project
The ATLAS Events Special Interest Group was established in 2010, with a broad remit to acts as a focus for events research and scholarship among ATLAS members. The group has already been active in organising specialist meetings on event themes, and has coordinated the production of the research monograph Exploring the Social Impact of Events (Routledge, 2013). The following Expert Meeting will take place in Peniche, Portugal in May 2013 on the theme ‘Imagineering Events’.
Discussions with members has identified a need to undertake comparative research to facilitate the identification of trends and developments in events internationally. At present many members are undertaking individual research projects, the findings of which are hard to compare across borders or over time. By developing a common core to their event research, the members of the project hope to undertake comparative analyses that will aid our understanding of event processes and outcomes.
The aims of the project are:
· To provide a platform for comparative research on events worldwide
· To improve our knowledge of events, their visitors and their impacts
· To develop a database as a research resource and benchmarking tool for cultural and sporting events
· To produce case studies of best practice in events development, marketing and research
As a first step towards developing a comparative database of events, a standard research instrument will be developed that can be used as a basis for data collection by all project members. This will take the form of a basic visitor questionnaire with a number of modules. Project participants will be able to use the questionnaire as a basis for their own resource, adding additional modules or questions as needed. This will also mean that the surveys will be useful as the basis for student projects, giving students the opportunity to develop their own research questions and questionnaire items.
Participants will contribute the raw data from the basis questionnaire with the central database, which will entitle them to use data contributed by other members. Members will be free to develop analyses of the data and produce publications using the data, as long as acknowledgement of the source is given. Any analyses produced will not identify the data from individual events, unless permission has been obtained from the event organisers. Members will not be allowed to pass the data to third parties or to reveal any confidential information that may be contained in the database. These conditions are designed to protect the integrity of the data generated from individual events, in order to ensure that event organisers are happy to collaborate with the project.
Global Sports Impact Project
The primary objective of the Global Sports Impact (GSI) is to create an internationally accepted methodology for measuring the impact of sports events thus enabling events to be compared across a standard set of indicators and to establish a series of indexes.
More information on the GSI project can be found at: http://www.sportcal.com/GSI/Default.aspx
Investigating Cultural Sustainability
Culture can be regarded as a fundamental issue, even a precondition to be met on the path towards Sustainable Development that is necessary to get to grips with in Europe and whole world. However, the theoretical and conceptual understanding of culture within the general frames of sustainable development remains vague and consequently, the role of cultre is poorly operationalised in the enviromental and social policies. The ultimate goal of the COST Action "Investigating Cultural Sustainability" is to increase understanding of and determine the role of culture in sustainable development based on multidisciplinary principles and approaches.
More information on the COST IS1007 project can be found at: http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/