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For 25 years BOP has set the standard for research into culture and creative industries (CCIs). 

We believe in the transformative power of data to change perceptions and galvanise decision-making. We seek to make an impact on our clients and their stakeholders with our findings, through the rigour of our research, the clarity of presentation and the use of the latest data visualisation methods.

Our work has shone new light on the CCIs and their potential to transform people and places. Insights generated have informed the decision-making of national governments, mayors, and cultural leaders across the globe, and we have helped to design standard data frameworks for international agencies like UNESCO, for national governments and for city leaders worldwide.

The triennial World Cities Culture Report is the most comprehensive existing compendium of data on culture and the world’s largest cities. It has pushed culture up the urban agenda and helped policy-makers align the development of a city's cultural offer with broader economic, social, and environmental goals.

Our Approach

BOP continues to pioneer innovative approaches to understanding the nature and dynamics of these cultural industries. Our extensive toolkit draws on official data, specialised cultural statistics, frameworks, industry intelligence, and open ‘big’ data sources. This provides a wide and deep view of the sector, generating new evidence and insights which can be used as the basis for decision-making.

Whilst we use recognised frameworks and methods to ensure robustness and enable comparability, our research is always tailored to the unique needs of the client. Our research offer is always

  • Responsive to immediate challenges and dilemmas

  • Rigorous, objective, and open to external scrutiny

  • Reliable, using standard, widely accepted methods, and frameworks

  • Innovative, and constantly drawing on new data sources

  • Practical, providing evidence for business decisions


As we enter the new post-COVID age our research capabilities are more important than ever to our clients as they assess the impact of the pandemic and plan for a different kind of future where they are contending with ongoing changes across the sector as well as larger shifts including climate change and technology.

Research, Data and Insight

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Museums and Galleries, Economic Development, Arts, Heritage, Festivals, Digital, Intellectual Property, Design, Film & TV, Skills, Entrepreneurship, Creative Industries, Funding, Education, Audiences, Video games, Theatres, Museums

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We understand the transformative potential of the culture and creative industries (CCIs)

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Our team shares how the framework behind BOP500 can power sustainable development in cities around the world.

Cultural Capability: Rethinking Culture for the 21st Century

Paul Owens

Dec 13, 2023

Co-founder Paul Owens and Consultant Genevieve Marciniak represented BOP Consulting at the World Conference on Cultural Cities in Chengdu, China.

World Conference on Cultural Cities, City Ideas

Genevieve Marciniak

Oct 23, 2023

The world's largest museum prize, the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year Award plays a significant role within the museum sector.

Research for Art Fund's Museum of the Year featured in Museums Association Journal

Yasmeen Safaie

Jul 4, 2023

The publication of our Impact Assessment of Edinburgh Festivals marks one of the most significant cultural impact studies to date.

Edinburgh Festivals Evaluation Featured in BBC Scotland & The Scotsman

Jonathan Todd

Jun 28, 2023

How are major cities around the world responding to climate change through cultural policies and programmes?

The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability

Paul Owens

Nov 4, 2021

5 priorities for world cities in the post-COVID recovery period. We looked at how COVID-19 is affecting climate action plans for culture.

Culture and the Climate Emergency

Paul Owens

Apr 22, 2021

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