Urban Livability and Integrated Challenges

In this blog, Dr. Vida Vanchan, Associate Professor – Geography and Planning, State University of New York, talks about some of the questions raised at a co-organised session with Prof. John Bryson at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers: On 8 April 2017, I co-organised two sessions with Prof. John Bryson, City-REDI, … Continue reading “Urban Livability and Integrated Challenges”

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From Boston with Ducklings! Interdependent Challenges and Urban Living and the Management of Complex Cities

In this blog, Professor John Bryson, City-REDI, discusses his recent visit to Boston, for the Association of American Geographers: On Saturday 8 April 2017, the Urban Living Birmingham project organised two sessions at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, Boston. The sessions explored the integrated and interdependent challenges that are facing cities this … Continue reading “From Boston with Ducklings! Interdependent Challenges and Urban Living and the Management of Complex Cities”

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Forthcoming Event: Understanding Brexit – Brexit and migration: implications for Birmingham

Tuesday 2 May 2017, 18.00 – 20.00  Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR  This event will discuss the implications of Brexit for Birmingham in terms of migration. Birmingham is one of the most diverse cities in the UK, having experienced major migration flows over many decades. What does Brexit mean for … Continue reading “Forthcoming Event: Understanding Brexit – Brexit and migration: implications for Birmingham”

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What characteristics should we look for in the new Metro Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority?

In this blog, Professor John R. Bryson, City-REDI, outlines the eight key qualities a good or successful Metro Mayor for the West Midlands might need. On 4 May 2017, the people living in the geographic area defined by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have the opportunity, for the first time, to elect a mayor. … Continue reading “What characteristics should we look for in the new Metro Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority?”

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City REDI at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting 2017

The American Association of Geographers Annual meeting 2017 was held from 5-9 April in Boston, USA. It featured over 6,900 presentations, posters and workshops by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. In attendance from City REDI, and giving papers and organising sessions, were Dr Catherine Harris and Professor John Bryson. Catherine’s paper contributed to a session … Continue reading “City REDI at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting 2017”

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Birmingham Business School hosts CABS Annual Research Conference

Birmingham Business School hosted The Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Research Conference last week. City-REDI’s Professor Simon Collinson and Rebecca Riley were at the event to share their knowledge and expertise on some of the crticial issues facing Business Schools. The following piece was written by Isabelle Szmigin, Deputy Dean of Birmingham Business School and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer. On … Continue reading “Birmingham Business School hosts CABS Annual Research Conference”

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WMCA Productivity and Skills Commission Launch – Call for Evidence

Achieving the scale of ambition… Today was the launch of the West Midlands Combined Authority Skills and Productivity Commission call for evidence. The WMCA Productivity Leadership Group, led by Dr Andy Palmer and bringing together business leaders from across the LEPs, will ensure that WMCA plans to drive productivity are designed by and for local … Continue reading “WMCA Productivity and Skills Commission Launch – Call for Evidence”

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Metro Mayors – Next Steps for Devolution in England

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) hosted their event ‘Metro Mayors: next steps for devolution in England’ last week in the run up to the Mayoral elections which will take place in several major city-regions next month on the 4th May. City-REDI’s Charlotte Hoole was … Continue reading “Metro Mayors – Next Steps for Devolution in England”

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Developing Citizen-Centric Urban Services: End-user Innovation in Birmingham

Citizens have direct experience of the ‘problem spaces’ within urban systems and are more likely to be motivated to change existing services than incumbent providers (Noveck, 2016; Borgers et al., 2010). Consequently, it has proven valuable for the public sector to co-create with citizens (users or consumers), through capturing their ideas and integrating users’ knowledge … Continue reading “Developing Citizen-Centric Urban Services: End-user Innovation in Birmingham”

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Manufacturers in the UK – Taking Their Eye off the Ball

Here, City-REDI’s Amir Qamar discusses the fate of British manufacturing after Brexit. The fate of the British manufacturing industry is currently unclear, with many organisations concerned about the effects that Brexit may have on their business; however, the potential impact will become much clearer once the government negotiates with the EU and concrete trade deals … Continue reading “Manufacturers in the UK – Taking Their Eye off the Ball”

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