EU Capitals of Culture


I have researched the European Capital of Culture initiative since 2002. My research has focused on studying the regeneration potential and long-term cultural legacies of hosting the event, as distinct from other economic, physical and social impacts. With this in mind, I have developed a set of cultural indicators and longitudinal qualitative methodologies that complement established approaches to economic and physical impact analysis.

By linking on this blog categories for European Capital of Culture, cultural policy, and relevant city case studies (Glasgow 1990, Liverpool 2008 ) you will access a selection of relevant publication abstracts, presentations and project summaries.

Find below an overview of the main European Capital of Culture related projects I have conducted and completed to date.

  • Director:  European Capitals of Culture: Success Strategies and Long-Term Effects (2013) This study, funded by the European Parliament, offers a comprehensive assessment of the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Programme since its inception in 1985, and discusses the organisational and policy implications of these findings.


  • Director: Impacts 08 – The Liverpool Model (2005-2010). Longitudinal research programme into the long term cultural, social, economic and environmental impacts of Liverpool’s becoming 2008 European Capital of Culture. The programme has been commissioned by the Liverpool City Council and is jointly developed by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. [Programme website]


  • Director : European Capitals of Culture Policy Group (2009-2010). International network of researchers and programmers of the European Capital of Culture initiative focused on finding a common framework for programme assessment and delivery. This collaboration has been funded by the European Commission and led to a series of workshops, led by Liverpool via the Impacts 08 team, with the collaboration of teams from Stavanger, Marseille, Turku, the Rhur and Kosice amongst others. [Network blog]



  • Understanding the Long-term Legacies of Glasgow 1990, European City of Culture (January 2002- December 2005) Research funded by the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (University of Glasgow). This four-year research programme focused on an assessment of the ten year on cultural impacts and legacies of hosting this title. The focus was the establishment of innovative methodologies for narrative analysis to capture Glasgow’s image renaissance post 1990. [intlink id=”21″][Research summary][/intlink]

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