Our Culture, Place and Policy Institute stimulates research on cultural activities, cultural policy and culture-led urban and regional development across the University.
Carried out in collaboration with partners at local, national and international level, this research explores the impact of cultural activities in a range of areas including the economy, health and wellbeing, civic life, tourism, and city image, identity and pride.
Our ambition is for the institute’s research to help inform future public policy at local, national and international levels.
As the exclusive academic research partner for the UK's City of Culture 2017, the institute is leading on research into the processes, impacts and legacies of Hull’s current position as the UK City of Culture 2017. The intention is that the findings will inform the development of the post-2017 legacy strategy and help make Hull a blueprint for cities considering cultural investment as a tool for urban development.
The institute is also collaborating with the University of Malta and the Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018 Foundation in organisingn of the international conference 'Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Place Making and Identity', which will be held in Valletta in November 2017.
The institute engages in academic and contract research, as well as in consultancy work and public engagement activities.
Understanding the impact on urban, social and economic renewal
The role and impact of culture and place-making is often underestimated, undervalued or misunderstood. Yet there are significant benefits to the economy, health and wellbeing, civic life, tourism and a place’s image, identity and pride.
Research conducted around Hull in this field is intended to inform future national and international policy. It can serve as a blueprint for cities or places considering cultural investment as a tool for urban or social renewal.
The institute’s purpose is to stimulate research into cultural activities, cultural policy and culture-led urban and regional development through a creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary, innovation-oriented and critical approach.
The Institute made a successful bid to Arts Council England’s ‘Creative People and Places’ Scheme, announced in January 2017. The bid was led by the Goodwin Development Trust, in partnership with four organisations: the University of Hull, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Hull Culture and Leisure, and the Freedom Festival. The total value of the bid is £2.4 million.
Read about achievements
The Culture, Place and Policy Institute has also played a key role in the delivery of a successful bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the setting up of a research network on the links between the arts and sport.
The Arts in Sport: Sport in the Arts
The institute has also secured consultancy work with prestigious clients including UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Mayor of London and Lisbon City Council.