In 2014, I am conducting fieldwork at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and reporting via the Culture @ the Olympics magazine (www.culturalolympics.org.uk).
I am also discussing the key learnings from the major study I directed in 2013 to assess the key lessons and legacy of 30 years developing the European Capital of Culture programme.
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.