rethinkIMPACTS 2017 reports. Evaluation and research in Aarhus 2017 will continuously publish reports related to evaluation and research in Aarhus 2017.
The reports are made by researchers and master students collaborating with rethinkIMPACTS 2017. The purpose is to continuously present different analysis of the process of being European Capital of Culture. Each report is based on a specific research interest and methodological approach. The recommendations made in the reports are made based on the findings of a specific research project carried out at a certain point in the process. We share the findings with Aarhus 2017 which is continously developing their practice. The reports are thus contributing to the aim that rethinkIMPACTS 2017 is a formative, learning oriented evaluation.
Christian Nørkjær Therkelsen, master student in European Studies at Aarhus University, aims to analyse how a European identity and dimnsion are being contructed in terms of anchoring a meaningful perception in Europeanness in relation to local allegiances, found in particularly Mons (2015), Wroclaw (2016), San Sebastian (2016), Pafos (2017) and of course Aarhus 2017.
Britta Timm Knudsen and Carsten Stage introduces two different environmental projects in their report involving participation and interdisciplinary research: Reclaiming Waste – a living experiment in Ry (2014-2015), and Permeable Green City Aarhus (2014–2016). This report is an example of rethinking the role of researchers in European Capitals of Culture. The data from Ry was gathered in autumn 2015 and the data from Lystrup was gathered between autumn 2014 and autumn 2016.
Anja Bechmann, Senior Lecturer at Aarhus University and Helle Breth Klausen aim to develop a new software supported method to analyze impacts of cultural events across social media. The software solution for data collection across social media platforms will be tested on Northside2014 and then evaluated through various big data analytical approaches. The data were gathered in spring 2014.
Leila Jancovich, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, has during her stay as guest researcher conducted more than 20 interviews with participants and managers of Aarhus 2017 projects involved in paricipatory decision making covering the whole region. Read about her first reflections here. The data were gathered in May and June 2016.
Lara Tilke (MA) explores different tourism stakeholders' level of involvement in Aarhus 2017 and the reasons behind this engagement or lack of engagement. Thus, the aim of Aarhus 2017 is also to increase the number of tourists in Aarhus. The data is based on interviews with actors of different tourism organisations. The data were gathered in spring 2015.
Buster Kudsk Urban Rasmussen (MA) proposes recommendations for how the regional steering committee can optimize the content of their meetings. These recommendations are based on observations and interviews and focus on the experiences of the different parties and knowledge-sharing. The data were gathered in spring 2015.
Christina Kruse Møller (MSc) and Laura Bender Thomsen (MSc) studies the linkage between the image of Aarhus and Aarhus 2017. The goal is to find out how the branding of Aarhus can benefit from the branding of Aarhus 2017 and proposes recommendations that will strengthen this linkage. The data were gathering in spring 2014.
This report is based on a PhD course in summer 2015 that posed the question of how visual, aural, digital and globally networked complexities challenge the traditional way of analyzing social situations.
Birgit Eriksson (PhD, Associate Professor) and Jan Løhmann (PhD, Post doc.) seeks to examine the micro projectsThe playing society and the pilot project Cultural citizenship.
The report provides the reader with an insight into how young people experience and practice participation in society. Furthermore, it investigates what role culture plays in their participation. The data in the project were gathered in spring and summer 2014.
Marie Stensgaard Pedersen (MA) examines Danish cultural organizations’ motivation for being a part of Aarhus 2017 and how these organizations relate to the strategic objectives of Aarhus 2017. To ensure generalizability of this analysis, past experiences from former European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) are put into perspective to demonstrate a number of general overlaps within the ECoC programme. The data in the project were gathering in spring 2014.
Ingrid Vatne (PhD) examines three cultural institutions, which have applied for funding from Fonden 2017. It focuses on the way in which they work strategically with audience development and the challenges related to implementing new working methods. The data in the project were gathering in spring 2014.