City-REDI is focussed on places and how key policies come together in a locality. Furthering our knowledge and understanding of how regions can capitalise on their heritage, assets and capabilities to improve their potential for growth.

Looking at how cities, towns and rural areas have competitive (dis)advantages that will be essential to shaping their economic and social future. We focus on modelling places, their attributes and relationships to one another to enable us to understand potential futures, impacts and risks to place-based growth, productivity and inclusivity.

We are also developing our understanding of how resilient regions are in the face of shocks, technological, political, economic or social. Our study of the regional impacts and implications of Brexit has shown how trade dependencies and other kinds of linkages to other parts of the world can constrain or benefit regional economies in the face of radical external change.

Key to our research is understanding how places can realise their full potential and how different growth pathways represent different trade-offs in terms of positive or negative outcomes for different stakeholders. Policy interventions can affect the growth and performance of businesses and the work opportunities, income levels and life chances of people and communities. Policymakers face the challenge of supporting both, with limited resources. City-REDI works in partnership with local leaders and stakeholders, developing tools and methodologies which strengthen decision making in Local Enterprise Partnerships, Mayoral Combined Authorities and pan-regional bodies like the Midlands Engine to enable better growth for all.

Research projects

Megatrends in the West Midlands

This project investigates megatrends in the West Midlands. Trends that could have significant economic consequences and scarring effects for vulnerable groups and places.

Commercialisation: Bridging the University-Industry Gap

The commercialisation project aims to understand the role social sciences can play in bridging the divide between technology and research developed in universities, and market opportunities where value will be added.

Developing an Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Localised Industrial Strategy Delivery for the West Midlands

The aim of this project is to test the potential of the compete model, built by PA Consulting and used internationally to help define Manufacturing and Service sector strategies for a rapidly changing economy.

Dynamic Economic Impact Model (DEIM) – Skills and Business Support

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) commissioned a new, bespoke economic modelling framework which was delivered in summer 2016.

The Realities, Challenges and Strengths of the External Funding Environment at LEP Level

This project investigates LEPs and their partners' experiences of securing funding, seeking to shed light on the challenges they face as well as the strengths of their approaches.

Industrial Strategy Council Skills and Places Secondment

This project examines skills investment in the UK and how the UK system compares to international skills systems.

Local Wealth Building in Birmingham and Beyond: A New Economic Mainstream

Local Wealth Building is a new approach to economic development that provides a practical framework for generating and spreading wealth within communities.

National Civic Impact Accelerator

This programme is a leading voice in the national civic university movement, focusing on how universities can support inclusive economic growth. Our work will focus on the economic impact of universities on place.

Productivity and Prosperity: Inclusive Growth for the West Midlands

At the heart of this project is the "productivity puzzle" and the magnitude of the issue facing the "problem regions".

Optimising Regional Creative Clusters

This research aims to compares two UK regions with growing creative sectors, and asks how can regions optimise their creative clusters.

Rural Workforce Response to the NHS Workforce strategy to 2027 – Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future

This research is concerned with applying a rural lens to the workforce challenges facing the NHS in England.

Skills and Productivity Commission – Business and Professional Services Sector Deep Dive

This research was commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority for the Skills and Productivity Commission, as part of developing a local Industrial Strategy.

Skills and Productivity Commission – Measuring Success

This project focussed on the delivery of an assessment of the performance review indicators in the WMCA Annual Economic Review.

Socio-Economic Impact Model for the UK: SEIM-UK

SEIM-UK is a UK Multi-regional Input-Output model being developed by City-REDI to provide detailed sector and place-sensitive economic analyses.

The Democratic Foundations of the Just City: Urban Planning Politics in Three European Cities

This project investigates the roles of leadership, stakeholder cooperation and democratic scrutiny in different institutional and regulatory settings for pursuing urban planning policies to create a "Just City".

The Economic Impacts of Brexit on the UK, its Regions, its Cities and its Sectors

This project started in April 2017 and is part of a series of 25 projects funded by ESRC to support the initiative UK in a Changing Europe coordinated by Professor Anand Menon at King's College London.

The Impact of Universities on Regional Economies

This project aims to identify the economic impact of universities in their regional economies by focussing on the effects of increased spending associated with HEI activities.

The Midlands Engine Economic Observatory

The Midlands Engine Economic Observatory has been created to deliver an Independent Economic Review of the Midlands as well as a sector assessment of the potential impact of Brexit for the region.

The Urban Living Birmingham Project

The Urban Living Birmingham project was awarded in May 2016 following a successful bid to the Urban Living Partnership call for pilot projects.

USE-IT! Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together

The USE-IT! project aims to develop new mechanisms to unlock the potential of poor communities and connect them to the resources they need in order to remain resilient and escape poverty.

Wolverhampton Economic Assessment

The Wolverhampton Economic assessment draws together an array of data and information to understand the key issues for the Wolverhampton economy and to inform a response to the key issues which exist.
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