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Complementary research

Liverpool 2018 is a direct successor to the Impacts 08 research programme: an ambitious and ground-breaking five-year study of the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of hosting the Liverpool European Capital of Culture (ECoC) that produced over 30 separate qualitative and quantitative research reports, including a final report published in 2010.

For those with an interest in the current research or the ECoC programme as a whole, the repository for the Impacts 08 programme, hosted by the University of Liverpool, is an invaluable resource where all of the aforementioned reports are freely available, together with additional resources and information for researchers.

Following the publication of its final report in 2010, Impacts 08 has influenced and informed a number of further research projects by the ICC, which may also be of relevance to researchers with an interest either in the current research or the ECoC programme more generally. These projects include the European Capitals of Culture Policy Group (2009-2010): a network of past, present and future capitals of culture which, under the leadership of the Impacts 08 team and Culture Liverpool, published an International Framework of Good Practice in Research and Delivery of the European Capital of Culture Programme.

European Capitals of Culture Research Booklet
This booklet provides an overview of ICC research on the European Capital of Culture programme.

European Capitals of Culture: Success Strategies and Long-Term Effects, an overarching assessment of the long-term effects of hosting the European Capital of Culture programme written by Dr. García and Tamsin Cox for the European Parliament in 2013, will also be of interest to researchers. Offering an unprecedented analysis of material on all 48 cities to host the ECoC between 1985 and 2013 — in addition to the proposals of the 10 then-upcoming hosts — this is the only report to cover in full the first three decades of the ECoC programme, and the only review of comparable scale to be published following the influential Palmer/Rae study of 2004.

Those with an academic interest in the heritage and cultural sector of Liverpool, in particular, might also be interested in ICC research, published in 2014, on the economic and cultural value of the Liverpool World Heritage Site, which again built on methodologies first applied in the context of the Impacts 08 programme.

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