The Liverpool 2018 research programme will be led by ICC Head of Research for Cultural Policy and former Director of the Impacts 08 research programme, Dr. Beatriz García, with support from ICC Research Fellow, Dr. Chiara Zuanni, and ICC Research Assistant, Stephen Crone.
Dr. Beatriz García has been at the forefront of debates around the rhetoric and impact of culture-led regeneration interventions since 1998, and is a recognised expert on the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme. Major research projects on the impact of the ECoC to have been led by Beatriz include, most notably, her role as Director of Impacts 08, as well as a review of all available evidence on the first three decades of the programme for the European Parliament, and the first comprehensive study of the 20-year legacy of bidding and hosting an ECoC, focusing on Glasgow 1990. As a leading Olympic scholar, Beatriz also has extensive experience in assessing the cultural dimensions of the Olympic Games — including, more recently, her role as lead author of the official evaluation of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Funders for her work have included 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 books on the cultural dimensions of mega-events, including The Olympics. The Basics (2012) and The Olympic Games and Cultural Policy (2012).
Dr. Chiara Zuanni joined the ICC in January 2016 after completing a Museology PhD at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Cultural Practices, where she continues to work as a research assistant, mainly on digital engagement projects, and as a teaching assistant in Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology. Her PhD research investigated how museums mediate archaeology and interact with public perceptions of the past — exploring how diverse narratives of the past existing in the public sphere influence professionals’ and visitors’ engagement with archaeology. Chiara holds a BA in Classics and a MA in Archaeology from the University of Bologna and, prior to coming to the UK, has worked in museums in Italy and in Germany. Her research interests are in the fields of archaeological representations, the history of public engagement with the past, museum histories, visitor studies, and digital anthropology. She is also interested in the impact of cultural practices on professionals’ expertise and on public engagement, especially in relation to digital media.
Stephen Crone joined the ICC from Democratic Audit at the University of Liverpool, where, as a research assistant, he helped to produce a series of publications on issues of democratic concern, in addition to contributing, as co-author, to the organisation’s fourth periodic audit of UK democracy, published in 2012. Since joining the ICC, Stephen has been involved on a number of projects, including, most notably, the evaluations of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the European Capitals of Culture programme and the Liverpool World Heritage Site. Stephen is also co-author, alongside Peter Campbell, Tamsin Cox and Stuart Wilks-Heeg, of a critical review, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, of the role that culture is seen to play in processes of urban regeneration.