The Feasibility Study of Sustainable Rural Development through the Development of Creative Industries: A Case Study of Handicrafts in Selected Villages of Isfahan Province

Document Type : Original Article


1 Professor, Department of Monetary, Financial and Islamic Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Art Economics, Isfahan University of Art, Isfahan, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Tehran, Iran.

4 PhD Student in Economics, University of Tehran, Alborz Campus, Karaj, Iran.


The present study aimed at the feasibility of sustainable rural development through the development of creative industries. The statistical population is Villages of Isfahan Economic Development and Employment Development Plan in the 6th Five-Year Development Plan. 122 villages were surveyed in the first year of the program, which, with the help of capacity-measuring, 50 villages, among them the potential of handicraft production, were selected as sample size. Using SWOT analysis and field studies, the feasibility of some weaknesses, strengths, threats and opportunities associated with the development of creative industries with regard to rural capital is examined. Of the 50 villages that have the potential for handicrafts, 7 villages do not manage to develop sustainable rural development through handicrafts. A village with a long-term sustainable development index is zero. It is suggested that each village, which has more points among the rest of the city's villages, is a place for a central workshop for production, supply of materials, quality control, training and supervision of handicrafts


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