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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 culture is poorly operationalised in the environmental and social policies. The ultimate goal of the COST Action "Investigating Cultural Sustainability" (2011-2015) was  to increase understanding of and determine the role of culture in sustainable development based on multidisciplinary principles and approaches.

 The main results of the work are


The results of the work were discussed and shared among the research community and practitioners in the transdisciplinary conference Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures: theories, policies, practices in Helsinki, 6-8 May, 2015.

The background and aims of the Action are described in details in the Memorandum of Understanding. See more information about the participating countries and Management Committee of the Action  The Action was co-ordinated by the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and supported by COST, which is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology,