How do you measure the invisible?
Monday, November 16th, 2015
We measure everything today from hospital waiting times to how well seven-year-olds are reading, and cities are no exception. In this blog, Charles Landry reflects on how the modern preoccupation with measurement has been extended to cities, and considers the strengths and weaknesses of approaches which seek to quantitatively measure their creativity.
A retrospective on the ICC as it turns five
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Professor John Belchem is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Liverpool, and was the first director of the Institute of Cultural Capital. In this blog he looks at why and how the Institute was created and considers its important role in measuring the multiple impacts of cultural interventions.
What can culture do for cities?
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Professor Phil Redmond is Chair and co-founder of the ICC. Here he draws on his experience as Chair of the UK City of Culture Advisory Panel and Creative Director of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year to outline the many ways in which culture can bring about transformative social change. One of the reasons Alexis and I helped to set up the Institute of Cultural Capital five years ago is that culture – with a small ‘c’ – is a vital element of any society or city.
Can major cultural events improve the image of cities?
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Dr Beatriz García is Head of Research at the ICC and was formerly Director of the Impacts 08 European Capital of Culture research programme. In this blog, she explains how cities such as Glasgow and Liverpool have successfully used major cultural events to transform their image through positive media coverage.
What are art biennials and what is their cultural impact?
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Christian Oxenius joined the ICC in 2012, undertaking doctoral research on the cultural impact of art biennials. As part of his research, Christian was involved directly in the organisation of the 2013 Athens Biennale. Here he considers how biennials can have a positive impact on a city and its people.
In praise of cultural policy research
Friday, January 16th, 2015
Dr Beatriz Garcia is Head of Research at the ICC and was formerly Director of the Impacts 08 European Capital of Culture research programme. Here she reflects on the state of cultural policy as an academic discipline and considers the key challenges that cultural policy researchers must overcome going forward.