The Impacts 18 research programme builds and expands on the five thematic clusters that were used by Impacts 08. In 2018, these are defined as:
- image and reputation
- participation and identity
- cultural vibrancy
- economy and tourism
- governance and leadership
We are also exploring two additional projects to respond to thematic areas we could not cover within Impacts 08:
Impacts 08 uncovered significant changes with respect to each of these thematic clusters, over a period of study which included the years both before and immediately after the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) (2000 to 2009). Picking up where Impacts 08 left off, the aim of the current research has been to determine how strong and enduring these impacts have proven in the long term, by extending datasets that were compiled at the time and by gathering new data using the methods outlined under each of these thematic areas.