Birmingham Economic Review 2018 – Launch Event

City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are working together to produce the Birmingham Economic Review for 2018. This annual review is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and is a high-quality resource for organisations seeking to understand the city to inform research, policy or investment decisions. The 2018 edition is being … Continue reading “Birmingham Economic Review 2018 – Launch Event”

City-REDI at the Party Conferences

City-REDI is delighted to be hosting fringe events at this year’s Labour and Conservative Party Conferences on the theme of Brexit. Findings from the University of Birmingham suggest that the UK’s cities and regions which voted for Brexit are also the most economically dependent on EU markets for their prosperity and viability. With differing sectoral … Continue reading “City-REDI at the Party Conferences”

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

In this blog, Dr Charlotte Hoole provides a summary of the paper she presented at the RSA annual conference in Lugano, Switzerland. Her co-authors include Dr Peter Lee (University of Birmingham), Dr Eric Chu (University of Birmingham), Dr Oliver Dlabac (University of Zurich), Roman Zwicky (University of Zurich). The democratic foundations of the Just City: … Continue reading “The Democratic Foundations of the Just City: Urban Planning Politics in Three European Cities”

City-REDI’s West Midlands Databook – let us know what you think about it!

Following the popularity of our West Midlands Databook in 2017, City-REDI will be releasing a 2018 version this summer showcasing the latest regional data. In preparation, we would welcome your feedback. How have you used the Databook? What impact has it had on your work? And what changes, if any, would you like to see … Continue reading “City-REDI’s West Midlands Databook – let us know what you think about it!”

Women in Economic Development Research – Why the Woman’s Voice is Crucial: Part 3, View from an Early Career Researcher

This series of blogs celebrates women in economic development and the contribution we make. They are inspired by the current experience of City-REDI which is pretty unusual in its numbers of women at all levels in the team; from senior management and leading academics, through to early career researchers and project support. We all have … Continue reading “Women in Economic Development Research – Why the Woman’s Voice is Crucial: Part 3, View from an Early Career Researcher”

USE-IT! Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together

Since the announcement of our successful bid for EU Innovative Actions Funding in collaboration with CURS and led by Birmingham City Council, the USE-IT! project (Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together) has published its first Expert Journal. The aim of USE-IT! is to develop a systematic approach to engaging poor and migrant communities in urban … Continue reading “USE-IT! Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together”

Hot off the press… City-REDI’s West Midlands Databook 2017 has arrived!

City-REDI has pulled together a handy book containing up-to-date key data for the West Midlands. The Databook covers the entire West Midlands, providing Labour Market profiles for the West Midlands Region, West Midlands Combined Authority, 3 Local Enterprise Partnerships, and 30 Local Authorities. This is a very useful and easy-to-carry resource that allows you to … Continue reading “Hot off the press… City-REDI’s West Midlands Databook 2017 has arrived!”

Has Brexit reshaped British Politics?

POLSIS (Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham) hosted the first of their seminar series last week which saw the legendary Professor John Curtice – the nation’s leading expert on elections, voting and public opinion and “the man who won the 2017 elections” – assess last year’s EU Referendum result and British … Continue reading “Has Brexit reshaped British Politics?”

The West Midlands is in a strong position to tackle the challenges of Brexit

City-REDI’s John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness at Birmingham Business School, spoke on BBC West Midlands last week. He was asked to respond to recent figures released by Centre for Cities that suggest that cities in the West Midlands are in a stronger position to tackle the challenges of Brexit that those in the south … Continue reading “The West Midlands is in a strong position to tackle the challenges of Brexit”

City-REDI welcomes Guangzhou University

City-REDI held a workshop last week with its sister research centre based at Guangzhou University, Guangdong, China. This was an ideal opportunity for the two research centres to share research ideas and approaches and to explore opportunities for on-going collaboration. In May 2016, a linked research centre to City-REDI was established in Guangzhou, China. With … Continue reading “City-REDI welcomes Guangzhou University”