Impacts 18

Legacies of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 10 Years On

Impacts 18 is a longitudinal research programme dedicated to capturing the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture title on the city of Liverpool.

Using the data baseline and methodological framework established by the Impacts 08 research programme — a ground-breaking five-year study on the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of Liverpool 2008 that concluded in 2010 — the project will produce a unique retrospective on the effects of hosting an ECoC which, spanning over 20 years, will be one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging of its kind.

The project is led by Dr. Beatriz García, who has researched the multiple impacts and long-term legacies of cultural interventions on ECoC host cities and other major event host cities since 1998. Dr García has led research on the only two UK-based EcoCs to date (Liverpool and Glasgow), as well as two leading international ECoC comparator projects funded by the European Commission and the European Parliament. All of these projects provide an unmatched baseline for the current research programme.

The Impacts 18 project benefits from kick-starter funding from the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund as well as Culture Liverpool and the ICC Endowment Fund. The focus of the programme is to extend data collection relating to the five main thematic impact clusters assessed by Impacts 08:

  • city image and reputation
  • cultural participation and access
  • cultural and creative vibrancy
  • economic and tourism development
  • cultural governance and leadership

For 2018, additional emphasis will be placed on the assessment of long-term impacts on citizens’ wellbeing, city identity and local self-perceptions. This data will be analysed with a view to determining how durable the effects of the ECoC on these areas have been in the time that has elapsed since 2008.

Further information on the research programme — including on its methodology and research themes — is provided here on these pages, with further information to be published as the project progresses.

Initial findings from the research are set to be shared from May 2018, followed by a major international symposium in October that will present summary reporting and further findings.

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