AHRC/ ESRC Impact Fellowship

Impact Fellowship in Cultural Policy and Regeneration

The Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology and the Management School at the University of Liverpool was awarded a three year Impact Fellowship jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. The aim of the fellowship is to develop an academic programme of research on the impacts of cultural policy in the context of regeneration. This will complement work currently being carried out around the main Impacts 08 programme, offering an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen knowledge transfer activities and inform decision-making at a critical moment in the history of Liverpool, as well as protect the integrity of academic research into the theory and practice of cultural policy, which can be used as a reference point for other cities throughout the UK and beyond.

Download more background information about the Fellowship.

You can also visit a dedicated website, Cultural Mapping Space, where we share key findings presented in the form of cognitive maps, images and GIS maps of meaningful spaces in Liverpool according to its residents.


Rhetoric and Reality: An AHRC / ESRC research seminar

This seminar on 16th September 2009 was an opportunity to discuss findings emerging from the University of Liverpool Impact Fellowship in Cultural Policy and Regeneration. Find out more.

Research team

Tomke Lask, Research Fellow: Born in Germany, Tomke got a BA in Social Sciences and a MA in social anthropology, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1995, Tomke finished her PhD in Anthropology of Communication at the University of Liege, Belgium. Her main research interests have been the social construction of national identities, public space and its culturally differentiated re-appropriation, as well as the impact of tourism on cultural diversity and as a means of poverty alleviation. Tomke has done research in Latin America (Brazil, Peru, Bolivia), in Asia (Japan, Vietnam) and in France and Germany.

Pete Campbell, PhD Studentship: Pete got a BA in Sociology at the University of Liverpool and acted as programme assistant to Impacts 08 from 2006 to 2007. In this role, Pete contributed to a discussion paper interrogating and developing methodologies around the measurement of the Creative Industries. Some of the salient themes of the Impacts 08 work, such as the challenges surrounding (self-) definition in the creative/cultural sector, form the context for his current research.

The research is being co-directed by Beatriz García, Director of Impacts 08, Alan Southern, Senior Lecturer in Management, and Steve Miles, based at the University of Brighton.