Call for papers: Special Issue “The Creative and Cultural Industries towards Sustainability and Recovery”

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marlen Komorowski
Guest Editor
1. School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC), Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 1FS, UK
2. SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Interests: creative industries; media; innovation; economic geography; creative hubs; clusters; networks
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Justin Lewis
School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC), Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 1FS, UK
Interests: sustainability and media; media and climate change; politics, journalism and public opinion


During the last several decades, the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) have increasingly been recognized for their role in local, regional, national and supranational economies; as drivers of economic growth, development and regeneration; and for their social and cultural impact on well-being, place-making, inclusion, sustainability, diversity and culture. On the other hand, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the fragility and precarity of an industry dominated by micro-businesses, freelance and informal work practices and few tangible assets, calling into question the sustainability of economic models based on a high level of precarity in labor practices. This has led to some efforts (by governments and public bodies) to protect the industry from the pandemic’s impact. At the same time, lockdowns have also highlighted the importance of creative activity in maintaining individual well-being and community resilience and the innovative potential of the industry.

In this context, this Special Issue addresses the broader research field of CCIs and its role in developing pathways towards sustainability, resilience and recovery. We are looking for original research and the latest advances in both theoretical and practical approaches including but not limited to the following research topics.

The role of the CCIs for:

  • Competitiveness of regions and cities in a globalized world;
  • Resilience for economic and social crisis;
  • Digital transformation and innovativeness;
  • Economic and social development of rural, disparate regions and developing nations;
  • Environmental sustainability in the creative and cultural sectors;
  • Inclusion and diversity in the workforce and/or participation;

The way of the CCIs towards:

  • Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Changing structures for more sustainable development and work practices;
  • Policy recognition and sustainable policy support schemes;
  • Data-driven insights for decision-making.


Dr. Marlen Komorowski
Prof. Dr. Justin Lewis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • creative industries
  • creative economy
  • sustainability
  • recovery
  • regional development
  • crisis
  • COVID-19
  • sustainable development


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