European Capital 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 research summaries.

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

Current research

  • Director: Impacts 08 – The Liverpool Model (since April 2006; contributor as external collaborator since July 2005). 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]
  • Principal Investigator (with Dr Steven Miles and Dr Alan Southern) Cultural Sustainability? Liverpool in 2008 – AHRC and ESRC Impact Fellowship to study the cultural policy implications of hosting the 2008 European Capital of Culture in Liverpool. [Research Background]

Completed research