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

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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

Culture and the Climate Emergency

Paul Owens

Apr 22, 2021

Culture can play an important role in recovery and renewal across the UK, if the right local decision-making is put in place

Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

Callum Lee

Dec 4, 2020

Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

Paul Owens

Aug 21, 2020

The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

Paul Owens

Jul 30, 2020

Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Paul Owens

Jul 20, 2020

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Paul Owens

Jul 7, 2020

Recovery and renewal will depend on how we address the three dimensions of the crisis

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

Paul Owens

Jun 30, 2020

In the face of radical uncertainty leaders and policy-makers will have to take planning and collaboration to whole a new level

‘Plans are useless, planning is essential’

Paul Owens

Jun 3, 2020

A cause for optimism

Weaving the Golden Thread into the 2020s

Paul Owens

Dec 20, 2019

Staff retention and Brexit among the biggest challenges facing UK's cultural and visitor attractions

Your BOP Newsletter - September

Paul Owens

Oct 1, 2019

Our work helps unlock large LEP investment in culture

Transforming Birmingham’s Symphony Hall

Jonathan Todd

Aug 1, 2019

Cultural and environmental strategies are becoming increasingly connected

World cities respond to climate emergency

Paul Owens

Jul 3, 2019

Six top tips for building fundraising capacity from our Catalyst:Evolve programme evaluation

How do cultural organisations raise money?

Rossella Traverso

Jun 27, 2019

Urban planning for culture

Your BOP Newsletter - June

Paul Owens

Jun 5, 2019

New ways for cities to invest in culture

Your BOP Newsletter - February

Paul Owens

Feb 20, 2019

New AHRC R&D programme with Chinese partners

Scoping opportunities in China's Creative Industries

Jan 8, 2019

Year in review

Your BOP Newsletter - December

Kata Ovari

Dec 21, 2018

Our founder reflects on the last 12 months

Reasons to be (cautiously) cheerful – Parts 1 to 6

Paul Owens

Dec 20, 2018

Our picks from the last 12 months

BOP's Best of 2018: Theatre, Film and Exhibitions

Kata Ovari

Dec 19, 2018