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Culture, Place and Policy Institute

Culture, Place and

Culture as a transformative force for cities and regions.

The Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI) is a research institute created by the University of Hull to stimulate research on cultural activities, cultural policy and culture-led urban and regional development across the University.

We work in partnership with local government, arts and cultural organisations, funding bodies and other national and international stakeholders to deliver academic research, as well as consultancy, public engagement and PhD supervision.

"Our hope is that our evaluation of Hull’s City of Culture will help inform the design and implementation of the post-2017 legacy strategy and help make Hull a blueprint for cities considering cultural investment as a tool for urban development."


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Hull UK City of Culture 2017

As the exclusive academic research partner, the University of Hull has been at the heart of Hull’s UK City of Culture initiative from bidding stage onwards. The Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI) were tasked with understanding and evaluating the impacts and processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and our work has resulted in a portfolio of evaluation and research insights that can help inform future public policy at local, national and international levels.

Impact of City of Culture

States of play

Other Projects

Our multidisciplinary research expertise utilises diverse academic disciplines (from cultural management and policy to urban and regional geography, spatial planning and tourism studies). The key aim is to achieve a better understanding of the transformative potential of cultural resources, particularly at city and regional level, in areas ranging from cultural participation to health, economic development, intercultural exchange and building social capital.

Heritage Opportunities/Threats within Mega Events in Europe (HOMEE)
Back to Ours
Arts and Sport
Royal Ballet

Selected publications

Bianchini, F. ‘Reflections on the origins, interpretations and development of the creative city idea’, chapter in van Damme, I. et al. (eds.) Cities and Creativity from The Renaissance to the Present London, Routledge, 2018.

Bianchini, F. and Borchi, A. ‘Il patrimonio nei programmi delle Città e Capitali europee della cultura. Riflessioni su alcuni temi e questioni fondamentali’, chapter in vol.I of Cartaditalia, 2018 Anno europeo del patrimonio culturale. Brussels, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 2017.

Bianchini, F. and Borchi, A. ‘Participation in arts activities in the context of European urban cultural policies’, chapter in Bonet, L. and Négrier, E. (eds.) Breaking the Fourth Wall: Proactive audiences in the performing arts Lillehammer, Kunnskapsverket, 2018.

Humber Street

Selected publications

Long, J. and Bianchini, F. ‘New directions in the arts and sport? Critiquing national strategies’, (with J. Long) article in Sports in Society, special issue on the interrelationships between sport and the arts (published online on 31st January 2018)

Morpeth, N.D. ‘Managing cultural shifts in religious sites in the UK and the role of performing and visual arts in transforming the experiences of visitors’, chapter in Griffiths, M. and Wilshier, P. (eds.) Managing Religious Tourism Wallingford, CABI.

Tommarchi, E., Ejgod Hansen, L. and Bianchini, F.
in Participations, 15, 2, 2018.

Contact us

We value the contributions visiting academics make to our research community and are proud to welcome visiting academics from around the world. To be considered for a proposed visit to the University of Hull please complete our International Visiting Academics Application Form.