The Creative Impact Research Centre Europe (CIRCE) is a European think tank that addresses the question of how policy can support the cultural and creative industries and strengthen their impact in Europe.
For many years, the United Kingdom played a leading role in policy making for the cultural and creative industries. Political decisions on the further development of the sector were largely based on its scientific evaluations. After Brexit, CIRCE, together with experts from the UK and other European countries, is now taking on the task of continuing to make use of and advance these findings in order to secure the innovative strength and competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries in Europe.
CIRCE focuses on practice-oriented science in a new network of leading thinkers: Five research labs will analyze both proven strategies and possible new ways to change the policy framework across Europe so that creative innovation can flourish in the best possible way. The project will involve experts from the UK and other European countries in the field of creative impact, innovation and the creative economies. The scientific findings will be tested for their practical suitability in pilot projects in order to use them as best practice examples for the future promotion of the cultural and creative industries.
The project is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media with funds from the European Commission’s Brexit Adjustment Reserve.