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Professor Franco Bianchini

Franco Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning – and Director of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute – at the University of Hull. From 2007-2016 he was Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University.

In 2003 he acted as adviser to Liverpool Culture Company on the preparation of their successful bid for the 2008 European Capital of Culture. He initiated, and was a member of the artistic team for, ‘Cities on the Edge’, a project of cultural co-operation between Liverpool, Bremen, Gdansk, Istanbul, Marseilles and Naples (2004-2009). The project formed part of the programme of Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

From 2010-2014 he was a member of the team preparing the successful bid by the city of Matera, in Southern Italy, for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019. He has published widely on a range of subjects, including the role of culture in urban regeneration, cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for innovation in urban policy, and the development of urban cultural strategies in the context of the current political, economic and environmental crises.

"The evaluation of Hull’s UK City of Culture year is one of the first major pieces of work for the institute which researches the impacts of cultural activities across a range of areas including the economy, the sustainability of the arts sector, health and wellbeing"

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Dr Nigel D Morpeth

Dr Nigel D Morpeth is a Research Fellow at CPPI, and Associate Lecturer at the International Business School at the University of Lincoln. He has previously worked for two other universities in the UK and three local authorities, in community-based leisure and events organisation. His research focuses on diverse interdisciplinary themes in tourism, cultural studies, the creative industries and sport and leisure. Recent edited books include: Planning for Tourism: Towards a Sustainable Future and Tourism and the Creative Industries. He is a contributor to the recently published Sage International Encyclopaedia of Travel and Tourism. Nigel is part of a network of artists, based in Barton-upon-Humber, in Lincolnshire, who stage an annual community-based open studios event. He has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and other venues nationally, and has received a number of awards for his art work.

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Enrico Tommarchi

was involved in the evaluation of Hull's year as the UK City of Culture 2017 and he is now working as a Research Assistant on the international HOMEE (Heritage Opportunities/threats in Mega-Events in Europe) project. He is also a PhD researcher at the University of Hull, investigating port-city relations in the context of cultural mega events across Europe. Enrico's research interests include the geographies of port and coastal cities, culture-led urban regeneration, the spatial outcomes of mega events, socio-spatial inequalities, comparative urbanism and urban theory.

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Barbara Grabher

is a Research Assistant at CPPI. She is an anthropologist who works at the intersections between critical events studies, geography and gender studies. After completing her Bachelors degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna in Austria, she continued her academic path through the Erasmus Mundus Masters programme GEMMA (Gender and Women’s Studies) at the University of Granada in Spain and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Currently, Barbara is concluding her PhD research project, entitled Gendering Cities of Culture, at the University of Hull. It forms part of the GRACE Project (EC Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Action).

Aimie Dent

Administrative Assistant

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A list of associates and internal and external advisors of CPPI has yet to be formalised. The following academic colleagues from a wide variety of academic backgrounds at the University of Hull have collaborated with CPPI so far:

  • Dr Marianne Afanassieva (Organisational Behaviour and Analysis, Business School)
  • Peter Andrews (Consumer Behaviour and Marketing)
  • Professor Vassos Argyrou (Social Anthropology and Cultural Theory, School of Education and Social Sciences)
  • Professor David Atkinson (Cultural and Historical Geography, School of Environmental Sciences)
  • Professor Alastair Borthwick (Music, School of Arts)
  • Dr Colette Conroy (Drama, School of Arts)
  • Dr Sarah-Jane Dickenson (Drama, School of Arts)
  • Professor Mark Hayter (School of Health and Social Work)
  • Dr Gill Hughes (Community Learning, School of Education and Social Sciences)
  • Professor Andrew Jonas (Human Geography, School of Environmental Sciences)
  • Dr Lisa Jones (School of Education and Social Sciences)
  • Dr Maria Kapsali (Management Systems, Business School)
  • Dr Andrew King (Music and Technology, School of Arts)
  • Dr Sarah McKeon (Heritage Studies)
  • Dr Josef Ploner (International Education, School of Education and Social Sciences)
  • Professor Amar Ramudhin (Logistics Institute)
  • Professor Elisabeth Salter (School of Histories, Languages and Cultures)
  • Professor Rüdiger Wurzel (Comparative European Politics, School of Law and Politics)
  • Dr Fannie Yeung (Consumer Behaviour, Marketing and Communications)

PhD students

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Victoria Bissett

'Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the community arts sector in Hull'. Start date: February 2017. Supervisors: Professor Franco Bianchini, Dr Gill Hughes, Dr Sarah-Jane Dickenson.

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Helen Keighley

'A study of volunteering at a selection of Heritage sites in England'. Start date: September 2016. Supervisors: Professor Franco Bianchini and Dr Susan Ashley (Northumbria University).

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Michael Howcroft

'Civic Imaginaries of Hull City of Culture 2017 and Brexit' - Start date: September 2017. Supervisors: Professor Franco Bianchini, Professor David Atkinson and Professor Rüdiger Wurzel.

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Enrico Tommarchi

'Port - city relations, culture-led regeneration and environmental and spatial planning in Hull, Valencia, Genoa and Rotterdam. Start date: September 2016. Supervisors: Professor Franco Bianchini, Professor Andrew Jonas and Professor Vassos Argyrou.

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