West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 11th June 2021

This week’s monitor looks at the delayed GVA statistics for 2019, where the region’s growth was lower than expected. Many indicators and surveys are pointing to an emerging recovery, but it is highly dependent on the opening up of the cities and high streets. Published research is turning to the opening up of cities and … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 11th June 2021”

Harnessing the Potential of Createch in the West Midlands

In this blog, Tasos Kitsos summarises the WMREDI/PEC event held virtually at the end of April. A recording of the event is available here. Special thanks are owed to the WMREDI staff Stuart Mitchell and Matthew Patterson for providing support for the event as well as of course to our guest speakers. In recent years, … Continue reading “Harnessing the Potential of Createch in the West Midlands”

Meet Kelvin Humphreys, City-REDI’s New Policy and Data Analyst

I joined City REDI / WM REDI in early February 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping the nation and much of the world.  Certainly not in my lifetime has there been disruption on the scale seen over the past year.  As I write this from my makeshift office at home, I wonder when … Continue reading “Meet Kelvin Humphreys, City-REDI’s New Policy and Data Analyst”

Meet Alice Pugh, New Policy and Data Analyst for City-REDI / WM REDI

I am Alice Pugh and I recently joined the City-REDI team, as a Policy and Data Analyst; having previously worked with City-REDI as a Research Associate. I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019 with a degree in BA Economics, where my dissertation surrounded austerity policy and inequality. This involved a combination of both a … Continue reading “Meet Alice Pugh, New Policy and Data Analyst for City-REDI / WM REDI”

Unusual Suspects: The Role of Municipalities in Catalysing Innovation

On the 10th of March, City-REDI held its second external seminar series of 2021 featuring Professor Kevin Morgan from the University of Cardiff. The seminar “Unusual Suspects: The Role of Municipalities in Catalysing Innovation” focuses on research Professor Morgan is undertaking with colleagues from the Centre for Innovation Policy Research at Cardiff University. Abstract: This … Continue reading “Unusual Suspects: The Role of Municipalities in Catalysing Innovation”

Meet Hannes Read, City-REDI’s New Policy and Data Analyst

I have a keen interest in economic development research, policy, and practice. In particular, I am interested in the links between place and the economy. I graduated with a BA in Geography and an MA in Local and Regional Development from Newcastle University. I am fascinated by how each place is unique and distinctive, and … Continue reading “Meet Hannes Read, City-REDI’s New Policy and Data Analyst”

Research Fellow Posts Available at City-REDI / WM REDI

Opportunities for Research Fellows to Work With Us at City-REDI on Our West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WM REDI) Programme of Research To meet the demands of a growing range of policy-oriented research projects we are looking for 4 new members to join the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI). These posts are at the … Continue reading “Research Fellow Posts Available at City-REDI / WM REDI”

The West Midlands and Outer Space

Dr Chloe Billing explores what recent funding provided by the government to the University of Birmingham and its partners for space hubs will mean for the West Midlands. “Space is a means to various ends and not an end in itself.” Dr Chloe Billing Fifty-one years after the successful lunar landing by the U.S. Apollo … Continue reading “The West Midlands and Outer Space”

The City-REDI REsearch SYmposium (CRRESY)

On October 21st, City-REDI hosted its biannual research symposium. The online event has seen a range of presentations from City-REDI researchers showcasing some of the diversity of research in the Institute. Below is the programme of presentations, accompanied by the abstracts. Readers are encouraged to contact the presenters for more information on their research. CRRESY … Continue reading “The City-REDI REsearch SYmposium (CRRESY)”

Civic Universities and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery: How Can Universities Do Even More to Support Regions in Crisis?

On the 30th September, City-REDI / WM REDI and the Civic University Network held an event called “Civic Universities and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery“. The event began with a discussion between Lord Robert Kerslake (Chair of the Civic University Commission) Lord David Willetts (President – Resolution Foundation) and Sarah Davidson (CEO – Carnegie UK Trust). … Continue reading “Civic Universities and Inclusive Local Economic Recovery: How Can Universities Do Even More to Support Regions in Crisis?”