The Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) is a leading cultural policy research institute, launched in 2010 by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), which aims to influence policy by informing debate on the value of arts and culture to society.

We achieve these goals by working in collaboration with fellow academics, cultural organisations, public services and professional bodies to develop multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches which examine cultural policy, strategies and interventions from various perspectives. Our main thematic research areas include:

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 ECoC and similar 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.

Since our launch in 2010, we have collaborated with a range of cross-sector organisations with funding from key commissioners including 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. For a full list of funded projects listed under our core research themes, please visit our research page.

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