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Tamsin Cox

PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies,


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (part-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Concepts of value and worth in relation to arts and culture in competing narratives across multiple discourses: the example of post-war Britain

Research Summary

My research looks at the status and role of 'cultural policy studies' as an academic field in debates concerning the 'value' of culture in public policy in Britain. My study will consider both historical and contemporary academic material which constitutes the academic contribution/intervention in this area, and consider what claims are made for the purpose and application of such work. It will look particularly at the ways in which different kinds of knowledge and knowledge production are privileged or validated over others in certain discourses, and what the reasons for this are.

Research Interests

My academic and professional research interests include: different ways of knowing, including claims made for the validity of different disciplines and methodologies; evaluation of large-scale cultural programmes, including mega-events; arts, culture and urban regeneration; work on the role and position of artists in the subsidised arts system, including terms and conditions and workforce development; public and stakeholder perceptions of funding bodies and systems; research and evaluation methodologies in arts and cultural interventions.

Research Supervisors

Professor Paul Gladston; Dr James Mansell


Publications include:

  • Institute of Cultural Capital with DHA. 2013. European Capitals of Culture: Long-term effects. Brussels: European Parliament.
  • Institute of Cultural Capital with DHA. 2013. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Evaluation. Final Report. Liverpool: Institute of Cultural Capital.
  • DHA. 2013. ArtWorks Evaluation Interim Report. Liverpool: DHA
  • DHA. 2013. Phase 1 & Phase 2 Findings. Newcastle: a-n
  • DHA and ICM. 2013. Arts Council England Stakeholder Focus Research 2012 London: Arts Council England
  • Cox, T. And O'Brien, D. 2012. 'The "Scouse Wedding" and other myths and legends: Reflections on the evolution of a "Liverpool model" for culture-led regeneration'. Cultural Trends 21(4) 275-80
  • Garcia, B., Melville, R. and Cox, T. 2010. Creating an impact: Liverpool's experience as European Capital of Culture Liverpool: Impacts 08
  • England's Northwest Research Service (ENWRS) and Impacts 08. 2010. The Economic Impact of Visits Influenced by the Liverpool European Capital of Culture in 2008 Liverpool: Impacts08
  • Impacts 08. 2009. Liverpool Arts Sector, Sustainability and Experience: how artists and arts organisations engaged with European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool: Impacts 08

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • 'What good is cultural policy studies? Contestations of value, valuation and valuers in British cultural policy discourses.' International Conference on Cultural Policy Research. July, 2012.

Additional Information

Other roles include:

  • Head of Policy and Research, DHA
  • Board Member, a-n
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool
  • Associate, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Current projects include:

Expert practitioner on AHRC-funded critical review of the role of arts and culture in urban regeneration; evaluation of Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme; evaluation of Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative ArtWorks.

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