Dr Kerry Wilson, Head of Research (LJMU) 

AHRC Leadership Fellow 2017-19

Kerry began her academic career in the field of library and information management, holding research posts at Leeds Metropolitan University (2001-03) and the University of Sheffield (2003-08). In this time she specialised in research on the social impact and organisational development of public library services, with funding from the museums libraries and archives council (MLA); British Council; Arts Council of Wales; and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). She moved across to Liverpool in 2008 to take up a part-time lectureship on the MA Cultural Leadership programme at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and ESRC-funded Research Fellowship with the University of Liverpool Management School. She has been with the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) since its inception in August 2010, providing academic leadership on behalf of LJMU.

Her main research interests as Head of Research at the ICC include  instrumental value and public policy; professional identity, ethics and values; and cross-sector collaborative practice. Since 2010 she has led a number of research projects on behalf of the institute, funded by the AHRC, North West Development Agency, Arts Council England and National Museums Liverpool, representing these key elements of contemporary cultural work. Her research in the field was recognised by the AHRC in 2017 with the award of a mid-career Leadership Fellowship.

To contact Kerry: k.m.wilson@ljmu.ac.uk

Dr Beatriz García, Head of Research (UoL) 2010-2017
Director 2017-2019

Beatriz has been at the forefront of debates around the rhetoric and impact of culture-led regeneration interventions since 1998. Beatriz grew up and was educated in Barcelona, specialising in international communication policy, city marketing and the then emerging field of cultural policy research. During her studies, she spent exchange years in the UK, France and Australia.

Major research by Beatriz includes a review of all available evidence on the first three decades of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) for the European Parliament; the pioneering Impacts 08 research programme on the multiple impacts of Liverpool as ECoC 2008; the assessment of the four-year UK-wide London 2012 Cultural Olympiad for Arts Council England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; and the first comprehensive study of the 20-year legacy of bidding and hosting an ECoC, focusing on Glasgow 1990. Beatriz has conducted fieldwork on the cultural dimension of every Olympic Summer and Winter Games since Sydney 2000 (see her Culture @ the Olympics blog) and most ECoCs since Liverpool 2008. Funders for her work include the AHRC and ESRC, the British Academy, Arts Council England, English Heritage, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the International Olympic Committee. She is author of numerous publications on the cultural dimensions of mega-events, including: ‘The Olympics. The Basics’ and ‘The Olympic Games and Cultural Policy’ (Routledge, 2012).

In September 2019, Beatriz has moved on from the ICC to focus on her roles as culture advisor at the International Olympic Committee and member of the European Capital of Culture Selection and Monitoring Panel.

To contact Beatriz: beatriz.garcia@liverpool.ac.uk

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