The Institute of Cultural Capital is a strategic collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.
The Institute of Cultural Capital conducts collaborative and interdisciplinary research that critically examines the role and value of cultural interventions in urban environments, from grassroots initiatives to large-scale cultural events and festivals. Established in 2010, this leading centre of cultural policy research is a strategic collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Our research is structured around five core themes: Cultural Policy; Cultural Leadership; Digital Culture; Cultural Assets and Social Value; and Culture and Collaborative Practice. The institute is led by a core team of internationally acclaimed researchers and draws upon the considerable expertise of partner institutions and a global community of cultural policy experts.
This research strand considers the relationships between cultural work, professionalism and cultural capital. From the dynamics of front-line community-based cultural activity to strategic development at national levels, the organisation and practice of cultural work has a significant impact on participation, engagement and value. Learn more about Cultural Leadership →
This research strand looks into national and international policy frameworks for culture. It places a particular emphasis on their application in the context of large-scale cultural interventions. Special events such as the European Capital of Culture Programme or the Olympic Games and high profile denominations such as becoming a World Heritage Site can be important catalysts for cultural policy. Learn more about Cultural Policy →
This research strand engages in analysing and evaluating the design, production, use, and consumption of communication artefacts in contemporary culture. Communications and media are core to the development and maintenance of contemporary culture. With a strong focus on the social and cultural impacts of digital media this strand seeks to contribute to both policy and practice. Learn more about Digital Culture →
Cultural Assets & Social Value
This research strand employs innovative methodologies to map cultural assets and measure their social value. The process of mapping cultural assets identifies the social networks and cultural infrastructure which already exist in communities. Understanding where these assets are and how they work helps to ensure that public services deliver not only value for money but also social value. Learn more about Cultural Assets & Social Value →
Culture & Collaborative Practice
This research strand engages with artists, cultural producers, cultural organisations and communities, employing a co-designed and embedded approach to developing methodologies which helps our cultural collaborators to capture, measure, explain and understand the impact of their work. Learn more about Culture & Collaborative Practice →