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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 four core themes: Cultural Policy & Major Events; Cultural Value & Public Policy; Cultural Assets & Social Value; and Culture & 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.

orange_starCultural Policy & Major Events

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.
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browny_starCultural Value & Public Policy

This research strand considers the role and value of cultural sectors and organisations in responding and contributing to public policy agendas in the UK, examining the extent to which the intrinsic elements of cultural work translate into instrumental value for collaborating (public) services and sectors.
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dark_green_starCultural 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.
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grey_starCulture & 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.
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