Places

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

A Systems Approach to Air Pollution in East Africa

Description
A systems approach to air pollution in East Africa (ASAP) Project aims to improve air quality management in three East African cities - Adidis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi.

Brexit in Birmingham: EU Migrant Family Businesses

Description
This project attempts to understand the ways in which EU citizens running businesses in the UK are coping with the uncertainty of Brexit.

Creative Economy Spillovers in UK Cities

Description
This project will look at labour and housing market effects of creative industries firms, workers and freelancers in their region and more broadly.

Commercialisation: Bridging the University-Industry Gap

Description
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.

Coventry Migrant Needs Assessment

Description
The Migrant Needs Assessment has been undertaken to support a greater understanding of the needs of migrants in the City, with a particular focus on newly arrived migrants, such as Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

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

Description
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

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

Electoral Politics and the Inter-Governmental Allocation of Resources: Evidence from Greece

Description
This project examines the interrelationship between the allocation of public funds and the electoral outcomes using the example of Greece.

Evaluating the Tech City Cluster Programme

Description
This paper evaluates the causal impact of a flagship UK technology cluster programme, Tech City, which launched in East London in late 2010.

Linkages and Relationships of East European Migrant Firms

Description
This project follows on from a Birmingham Business School pilot study into the linkages and relationships of East European migrant firms and their impact on the regional economy of the West Midlands.

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

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

Manufacturing Start-ups in an Urban Technology Cluster

Description
This case study combines semi-structured interviews and microdata to explore the hardware cluster in Stockholm, one of Europe's leading tech hubs.

Productivity and Prosperity: Inclusive Growth for the West Midlands

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

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

Description
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

Description
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

Description
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

Description
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

Description
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

Description
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 Long-Run Consequences of Adverse Economic Shocks: UK Regional and Urban Inequalities

Description
This project aims to capture different dimensions of productivity and performance gaps evident across the UK

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

Description
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.

The Midlands Engine Economic Observatory

Description
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

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

Understanding Migration: Building a Cohesive Migration Strategy for the West Midlands

Description
This project involves regional research around migration across the West Midlands.

USE-IT! Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together

Description
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

Description
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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