Making It Real: Measures of Culture in Local Sustainability Planning and Implementation

  • Nancy Duxbury
  • M. Sharon Jeannotte
Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)


On 15 May 2014, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) launched the first official international standards on city metrics — ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life. Cited as ‘an international standard for cities created by cities’ (Ng 2014, 2), ISO 37120 is a series of standard indicators for ‘a holistic approach to sustainable development in cities and communities’ (GCIF 2014, 18). It includes 100 indicators, of which 46 are compulsory core indicators and 54 are supporting indicators. They are structured around 20 themes, organised by City Services and Quality of Life. ‘Culture’ is one of seven themes within the latter category. However, no core cultural indicator is identified and only one supporting cultural indicator is listed: the percentage of jobs in the cultural sector (GCIF 2011).


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