The Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) is a strategic collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) which aims to influence policy by informing debate on the value of cultural interventions.

We are an academic research institute and our research aims to consider a cultural society for all, shifting the general perception that ‘culture’ is simply about ideas and artifacts, or venues and performances, but is more about everything we do together.

We achieve these goals by working in collaboration with researchers, academics and consultants to develop multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches which examine cultural policy, strategies and interventions from various perspectives.

The work of the ICC builds upon Impacts 08, a major longitudinal cultural research programme established to investigate the socio-economic impacts of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture (ECoC) year. The collaborative research model developed by the programme is now celebrated as best practice for the evaluation of large-scale arts and cultural programmes, and Impacts 08 / ICC colleagues have worked with international ECoC networks to embed systematic evaluation research policies and practices in the ECoC programme, as well as other major cultural events.

The ICC represents a significant portfolio of arts and cultural research and academic centres of excellence within the city, including the Liverpool School of Art and Design at LJMU and the Departments and Schools of Sociology, Civic Design, Management, Architecture, Philosophy, English and Communication at the University of Liverpool. We are also closely linked to the Centre for Health, Arts and Sciences and other research centres which complement our work, including the Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA), the Institute of Popular Music and the Health Inequalities Research Institute, all of which are based at the University of Liverpool.

Since our inception in 2010, we have collaborated with organisations such as Mersey Care NHS Trust, DHA Communications, the University of Birmingham, City University London, the University of the West of Scotland, Universidad de Deusto and the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCACT); and have carried out research with or on behalf of organisations such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, the European Parliament, National Museums Liverpool, the London 2012 Organising Committee, English Heritage and Creative Scotland.

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