Made in Hull © Thom Arran

Culture, Place and

Culture as a transformative force for cities and regions.

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.

The Institute engages in academic and contract research, as well as consultancy, public engagement, PhD supervision, PG teaching and training.

Since inception, the key focus of the CPPI has been the evaluation and monitoring of the processes and outcomes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The Institute has been instrumental in delivering the University’s commitment as the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 exclusive academic partner. Work has involved the collation of research undertaken across the university, management of external consultants, liaison with key City of Culture partners and the direct delivery of evaluation research by the CPPI team.

"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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Impact report

UK City of Culture status brought Hull into the national spotlight, with major investment in a world-class cultural programme and cultural and visitor infrastructure; increased visitor numbers; unprecedented media coverage; and a significant increase in participation amongst the resident population in a city that had previously had low participation in arts and culture.

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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.

Made in Hull © James Mulkeen

Capitals and Cities of Culture: a Worldwide Experience

This lecture by Steve Green on Tuesday 19 June takes a global look at Cities of Culture.

Steve Green is an alumnus of the University of Hull and a former member of the Selection and Monitoring Panel for the European Capital of Culture and principal author of the official guide to candidate cities issued by the European Commission.

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Evaluating the Impacts and Processes Hull UK City of Culture 2017
I Wish to Communicate With You © Sean Spencer
Creative People and Places
British Portrait Gallery
Art and Sport
The City Speaks © Thomas Arran

Organisations we work with

The main partner in the work of the Institute so far has been Hull UK City of Culture 2017. We have collaborated with this partner closely in the delivery of evaluation research about the processes and impacts of the Hull 2017 cultural programme, and in the organisation of the Cultural Transformations conference (March 2018). Other key partners have included the Municipal Directorate for Culture of Lisbon City Council (advice by CPPI on the preparation of the Lisbon cultural strategy, completed in the summer of 2017), the Paris-based OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (contribution to a pilot study on culture-led regeneration in the city of Taranto, in Southern Italy) - and the team responsible for the delivery of the Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 programme.

CPPI's aim is to work collaboratively (at local, regional, national and international level) with local and national government (including Hull City Council and DCMS), research and cultural funding bodies (including AHRC, ESRC, Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Council), foundations and international organisations including the EU, OECD and the Council of Europe.

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Recent publications

'Cultural planning and its interpretations', chapter in G. Young and D. Stevenson (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture, Farnham, Ashgate, 2013.

'The regenerative impacts of the European City/Capital of Culture events', chapter (with R. Albano and A. Bollo) in M.E. Leary and J. McCarthy (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration, Routledge, October 2013.

Focus on Festivals, Oxford, Goodfellow, 2015 (co-editor, with C. Newbold, C. Maughan and J. Jordan).

'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.

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

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