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Creative Economy Research Center






Our goal is to facilitate the ongoing dialog between the economy, the creative sector, and creativity.


We are developing a strong platform, which fosters understanding and cooperation, and supports the development of the Polish creative economy and its position in the country and around the world. The goal of the Center is to harness the power of theorists and practitioners specializing in arts and culture and the creative economy, to enable implementation of research initiatives and applied projects.

What is Creative Economy?

In 2001, John Howkins published “The Creative Economy. How People make Money from Ideas”. In the book he showed, in an innovative way, how the economy, culture, technology (especially the new technologies), and human creativity are connected and intertwined.

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A few years later, in 2008, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued a “Creative Economy Report 2008: The Challenge of Assessing the Creative Economy: Toward Informed Policy-making”, which ushered the term “creative economy” into the international scientific discourse.e of Assesing the Creative Economy: Toward Informed Policy – making”.

The term combines the following ideas:

  • creative class
  • creative cities
  • culture industries
  • creative sector
  • and various types of creativity.

The significance of the creative economy has been steadily growing. It has been also emphasized that apart from being conducive to social inclusiveness, cultural diversity, and human development, the creative economy carries a huge potential for economic growth.

According to one of the latest reports published by the European Commission, creative sectors constitute 11.2% of all private enterprises that employ 7.5% of all working people, and contribute 5.3% of the added value in the EU.


We want to bring together all creative theoreticians and practitioners

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The notion of creative economy and creative sectors is relatively new in scientific literature, so is the recognition of this sector of the economy as a separate and distinct sphere. Research, especially in Poland, is still scarce in this area. The research projects that have been conducted so far, definitely require further studies in relation to many aspects of the sector in question.

Therefore, the goal of the Creative Economy Research Center is to be a leader in the field of the creative economy research and become an important partner for research in this field, in Poland and abroad.

However, our goal is to go beyond the theoretical approach. We not only wish to focus on analyzing the creative economy in Poland and Europe, but we also want to contribute to its development. Creativity means an ongoing dialog ‒ we are here to ensure its effectiveness. We want to bring together all creative people and, by harnessing the synergy, develop positive solutions. To this end, the Center collaborates with individuals as well as public, private, commercial and non-profit institutions.


If you work in the creative economy sector and you have an idea for an innovative research or applied project, but you don’t know where to start, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are here to help you.


Scope of Activity

  • Performance arts
  • Visual arts
  • Cultural heritage
  • Video games
  • Media
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Advertising
  • Publishing market
  • Music market
  • Film industry

External Partners

The following organizations are external partners of the Creative Economy Research Center: the European Parliament of Culture, the Association of Cultural Economics International (Boston), ERICarts, the University of Barcelona, the Rotterdam University, Firma Platige Image, Millward-Brown, Radio TOK FM, Planeta-Junior, Orange Polska, PKO BP, Zachodnia Izba Gospodarcza we Wrocławiu (Western Chamber of Commerce in Wrocław), and KAYAX.


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Dorota Ilczuk

Head of the Center
economist, specializing in culture and creative industries management,  founder and President of the Pro Cultura foundation

258 Anna Karpińska


Anna Karpińska

culture expert, project coordinator, graduate of a post-graduate program for culture managers at SGH Warsaw School of Economics

258 Ewa Gruszka Dobrzyńska


Ewa Gruszka-Dobrzyńska

violinist and economist, recipient of the Minster's of Culture and National Heritage scholarship (culture management)

258 Emilia Cholewicka


Emilia Cholewicka

dancer, graduate of the Olga Sławska Bellet School in Poznań, culture expert, currently pusuing a doctorate at SWPS University

258 Marta Szadowiak


Marta Szadowiak

sociologist, receipient of the Town of Gdańsk award for contributions to culture, strategist at Projekt PR agency, currently pursuing a doctorate at SWPS University

258 Mateusz Smol


Mateusz Smól

violinist and economist specializing in culture, recipient of the Minster's of Culture and National Heritage scholarship, currently pursuing a doctorate at SWPS University


Professor Marian Noga
Dr. Barbara Geniusz
Dr. Katarzyna Plebańczyk
Stanisław Trzciński
Michał Ulidis


SWPS University in Warsaw
Chodakowska 19/31


e-mail: cbngk@swps.edu.pl

Anna Karpińska
tel. 602 199 219