Document Type : Original Research


1 PhD student, Geography and Rural Planning, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

2 Professor, in Geography Department, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Geography & Rural Planning, University of Zabol, Zabol, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Geography and Urban Planning, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran


In the current period, the creative village approach as a new perspective on rural development seeks to provide a quality and creative living environment in rural areas. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to extract the characteristics of creative villages in rural settlements of Sistan region and to identify key effective drivers for expanding the fields of rural creativity. For this purpose, the cross-section analysis method was used. The required information was extracted in the form of Delphi questionnaire using the opinion of experts and the key drivers affecting the creativity of villagers were identified. The study sample includes 26 experts in Sistan region who were purposefully selected. The results show that a total of 69 indicators affect tourism in Sistan, of which 18 indicators were selected as key drivers. Out of 18 drivers, 6 had the most impact and the least impact, including "Trust in educated people in decision-making and management", "Welcoming and accepting creativity by local villagers in the area", "Support of villagers and local officials from projects" "Entrepreneurship presented in the rural environment", "entry of villagers into new and innovative activities", "the ability of local managers to lead the village in the development of creative village" and "development of creative ideas to improve public participation". So creative village approach as a useful approach to removing barriers to development in rural settlements is suggested.


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