Get involved as the Heseltine Institute launches its Eurovision 2023 policy briefings series

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The University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place has launched a new, unique series of Policy Briefings focused on the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision is a hugely significant cultural event for the Liverpool City Region which will have a massive impact on a wide range of policy areas including the City Region’s economic, social and urban policy – the Heseltine Institute’s specialism.

The Institute is looking to build on an already diverse field of academic literature around Eurovision through seeking contributions for policy briefings on cultural events, their impact on Liverpool and exploring the rich and vital links between Liverpool and Ukraine.

Heseltine Institute Co-Director Sue Jarvis said: “This May, the eyes of the world will be on Liverpool as the host city for Eurovision and at the Heseltine Institute we are seeking contributions for briefings on how this event will impact the City Region in 2023 and beyond.

“Liverpool has important links with Ukraine, and the University is twinned with Sumy State. We’re interested in contributions on a range of perspectives on the political, economic and cultural impact of Eurovision, as well as Liverpool’s links with Ukraine, from a variety of academic disciplines.

“Our Policy Briefings will be circulated to hundreds of policymakers, researchers and practitioners across the City Region and the UK. Do get involved, share your ideas and be part of a historic moment for Liverpool.”

The Heseltine Institute is seeking policy briefing contributions addressing issues including, but not limited to:

  • The impact of major cultural events on urban economies
  • Physical regeneration projects in support of major cultural events (e.g. the development of sports stadiums and related infrastructure)
  • Liverpool’s historical and cultural links with Ukraine (the winner of Eurovision 2022)
  • The links between LGBT+ culture and Eurovision
  • The effect on disadvantaged communities, groups and people of major cultural and sporting events
  • Lessons and reflections on Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008
  • Relationships between major cultural events and grassroots music, theatre, sports and other cultural activity

The series is part of the University of Liverpool’s Eurovision-related research activity in the lead up to and following Eurovision.

The Heseltine Institute team is seeking short, highly focused briefings of between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Academics or practitioners from all institutions (e.g. think tanks, councils and businesses) are welcome to submit briefings. If you are interested in publishing a policy briefing, please email Tom Arnold at the Heseltine Institute at

Submissions are reviewed by the Heseltine Institute, with the aim of working constructively with authors to maximise the policy impact of the research.

To find out more about the Heseltine Institute’s Policy Briefing series, please visit