Creating a New Path through Creative Capital: Theories and Evidence from the Northern Periphery

Andrey Petrov, Philip Cavin


This paper is a review, reflection and synthesis of the last several years of work on creative economy and creative capital in peripheral, remote and northern regions. The focus of this discussion is on the evolving conceptual foundations and supporting evidence from various case studies. Specifically, the paper builds on the new knowledge generated by the Creative Arctic project to expand our understanding of the ‘new path creation’ mechanisms in northern and remote regions though engaging creative capital. The paper summarizes earlier findings and outlines the key ideas that form the foundation of the creative peripheries conceptual framework.

Keywords: creative capital; economic development; knowledge economy; periphery; Arctic

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