In 2014, I have conducted fieldwork at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and have shared learnings from my major study into the legacy of 30 years of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme.
I have spoken on my Olympic, ECoC and UNESCO World Heritage related research throughout Europe and further afield, in cities as diverse as Santiago de Chile, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Dubai.
Who Am I?
I am Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital, a strategic research collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Since 1998, I have been at the forefront of research on the cultural dimension of large scale events, their role renewing the image of host cities and nations and their contribution (or challenge) to advancing culture-led urban regeneration.
Urban Cultural Policy
I've always worked within cities that have a rich and complex cultural history.
Cultural Policy & the Olympic Games
Since Barcelona 1992, I've been investigating how the Olympic Games is utilized as a vehicle for change and innovation around a host city's cultural policy and what opportunities arise to promote art and culture in creative ways through mega-events.
European Capitals of Culture
Ever since Glasgow 1990, the European Capital of Culture title has been used as a catalyst for cultural regeneration. My work in this area has focused on the two UK hosts - Glasgow and Liverpool - and resulted in a model of research that has influenced cities throughout Europe, in particular Marseille-Provence 2013.