Regional Society and Communities

The broader research agenda for WMREDI is to understand the relative impact of various interventions and investments for regional economic growth, sustainability and the reduction of social inequality in the West Midlands and the UK.

Projects in this research theme look at the role of the university in the wider societal and social cohesion aspects of regions (Quadruple Helix Model), the role of universities as Anchor Institutions, engaging citizens in strategy and policy for the future of the region, and income inequalities and inclusive growth.

Homelessness Prediction Model

Led by Maryna Ramcharan, this project developed a homelessness prediction model to see how a rise in homelessness would hit areas across the West Midlands after the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England ended in May 2021.

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Universities and Cities

Led by John Goddard, this project is concerned with driving forward analysis and debate on the role of Universities in cities, with WMREDI playing a leading role in a network of universities in major cities in the UK and internationally.

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Universities as Anchor Institutions

Led by Sara Hasan, this project aims to enable understanding of the role of universities as anchor institutions in ‎fostering economic well-being and social cohesion.

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Engaging citizens in strategy and policy for the future of the region

Led by Magda Cepeda Zorrilla, this project is concerned with assessing the opportunities and challenges for citizen engagement in strategy development in cities, with a focus on Birmingham and the West Midlands, but drawing on experience elsewhere.

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Income Inequality, Policies and Inclusive Growth

Led by Maryna Ramcharan, this project is focused on analysing income inequalities and their implications for inclusive growth policies.

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