Living in a Fairy Tale: The many sides of being happy and creative


Scholars from Lund University share their thoughts and experience on happiness.

Start Date

10th Dec 2018 5:30pm

End Date

10th Dec 2018 7:00pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart

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The Scandinavian countries are known to be creative and lead the world in design – LEGO, IKEA, Angry Birds, Bang & Olufsen, Skype. These are also social welfare countries that have the highest taxes in the world. Scandinavian economies are also the most competitive. In this session, we have three close friends and researchers who will candidly share their thoughts and experiences on being happy and creative in Scandinavia.


Can Seng Ooi is a sociologist and Professor of Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the University of Tasmania. He was Professor of International Business and Cultural Industries at Copenhagen Business School before he moved to Tasmania two years ago. He lived in Denmark for two decades. Besides tourism, he does comparative research on art worlds, the creative economy and cultural development in Denmark, Australia and Singapore.

Richard Ek is a political geographer with a particular research interest in the geographies of post-apocalyptic imaginations, dark tourism and political philosophy, as well as the geography of handcraft breweries. These areas of research are part of his job as Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden . He is also visiting UTAS.

Mia Larson is Associate Professor in business administration at Lund University, Sweden. Her current research interests are pop-culture tourism, spiritual/alternative tourism management and the sharing economy. She is visiting UTAS.

Refreshments from 5.00pm.

Hosted by the Creative Exchange Institute.