What works in developing international influence/soft power through the arts, heritage and tourism sectors?

Background

Research is also needed to help AHT’s understanding of international cultural markets, where the UK sits comparatively and the impact culture has on international diplomacy. Protecting the UK’s cultural assets and understanding ways to consolidate and make better use of crucial data across AHT sectors is also of interest and more research on best practice would be useful.

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This question was published as part of the set of ARIs in this document:

DCMS areas of research interest GOV UK

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