Liverpool 2018

Legacies of the European Capital of Culture 10 Years On

‘Liverpool 2018: Legacies of the European Capital of Culture 10 Years On’ is a longitudinal research programme dedicated to capturing the long-term effects of hosting this EU 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 Impacts 08 Director and ICC Head of Research, Dr. Beatriz García, who has spent 15 years researching the multiple impacts and long-term legacies of cultural interventions on ECoC host cities and other major event host cities. 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 Liverpool 2018 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 three of the most important issues examined by Impacts 08:

  • city image and reputation
  • city identity and local self-perceptions
  • cultural governance and leadership

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.

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