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Leicester is a uniquely diverse city in the East Midlands, bringing opportunities for observing varied cultural forms in practice. While city leaders know that cultural activities contribute to the city’s economy, the wider role of culture in promoting social cohesion, improving quality of life, and developing connected communities has never been fully examined.

Hidden cultural forms contribute greatly to the character and profile of the city, but this value is currently unarticulated. Working with Leicester City Council as a central feature of a Collaborative Doctoral Award this research seeks to make a substantial contribution to cultural discourse, using Leicester as a cultural laboratory.

I am particularly interested in food culture as a lens through which to examine hidden culture.

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