New York to Birmingham – why the Birmingham Economic Review matters internationally

Writing economic reviews is a fine art. There is a delicate balance to be struck between the realistic representation of a place and developing our understanding so we can improve it, painting a picture which does not undermine that which we wish to improve. City-REDI and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Chambers launched the Birmingham … Continue reading “New York to Birmingham – why the Birmingham Economic Review matters internationally”

The Geovation Challenge: Greener, Smarter Communities

CC BY-SA 2.0, José Sáez This article was first published on the Urban Living Birmingham blog. Author: Gauri Kangai, Associate Innovation Executive, Geovation, Ordnance Survey The Greener, Smarter Communities and Cities Geovation Challenge is focussed on developing solutions to communities’ real needs for future-proofing the communities and cities in which we live. Geovation sees ‘smart communities’ as placing … Continue reading “The Geovation Challenge: Greener, Smarter Communities”

City-REDI/PA Consulting ESRC-IAA workshop on developing an innovative and collaborative approach to localised industrial strategy delivery for the West Midlands

On October 18th City-REDI and PA Consulting hosted a workshop with key regional stakeholders on the progress of an ESRC-Impact Acceleration Account project to test the feasibility of applying PA Consulting’s COMPETE model at the subnational level. In this blog, Tasos Kitsos reports on the day and next steps. An informative and very productive workshop … Continue reading “City-REDI/PA Consulting ESRC-IAA workshop on developing an innovative and collaborative approach to localised industrial strategy delivery for the West Midlands”

Mayors should be ignored by the government at their peril – the redefinition of democratic power

Joseph Chamberlain ‘got things resolved’ despite not having the powers of the new mayors said John Cridland, chair of Transport for the North, at last week’s DevoQT event at the Tory Party conference in Manchester. The power to convene, bang heads together and drive change just by virtue of the office was a theme emphasised … Continue reading “Mayors should be ignored by the government at their peril – the redefinition of democratic power”

City-REDI feature in “Data as Infrastructure” report

Professor Simon Collinson and Dr Amir Qamar were recently featured in a report on data by Prospect magazine. The report, called “Data as Infrastructure” puts together a series of articles and essays on “Smart cities” and how local authorities are beginning to see data as another form of infrastructure. Simon and Amir’s chapter titled “Smart … Continue reading “City-REDI feature in “Data as Infrastructure” report”

University of Birmingham Research Conference, 2017

On 26th September 2017, the University of Birmingham held their first research conference. The theme was ‘Research Futures’ and provided an opportunity to discuss open research questions whilst exploring current issues around the delivery of effective & impactful research. It was aimed at the University’s academic staff, and staff supporting research. City REDI’s Catherine Harris and … Continue reading “University of Birmingham Research Conference, 2017”

Birmingham Policy Lab: Financing Local Public Services

The University of Birmingham and City-REDI would like to invite you to a Birmingham Policy Lab workshop to explore the theme of the financing local public services. As demands on public services grow and austerity looks set to continue, the need to reform and look afresh at the financing of local public services is more … Continue reading “Birmingham Policy Lab: Financing Local Public Services”

Supporting more inclusive employment outcomes in growth sectors

In National Inclusion Week and as part of The Work Foundation’s autumn event series, on 27th September City REDI’s Anne Green, with Paul Sissons from Coventry University and Neil Lee from the LSE, presented findings and discussed policy implications from their ESRC-funded research project on Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction: What Work to Reduce Poverty Through … Continue reading “Supporting more inclusive employment outcomes in growth sectors”

Smart Cities

Given that by 2050 approximately two thirds of the world’s total population will be living in cities, we have to make cities creative, innovative and sustainable places to do business. This emphasises the importance of ‘smart cities’, and we recommend the following: Developing the right kinds of skills and expertise is central to unlocking opportunities … Continue reading “Smart Cities”

City REDI round up

It’s been a busy month for the City-REDI team. Here’s a round-up of what we’ve been up to… Local and Central Government:   On the invitation of the Mayor of Birmingham, Andy Street, Professor Simon Collinson has joined the ‘West Midlands Funding for Growth Commission’. The Commission met on Monday 4th September 2017 and will work … Continue reading “City REDI round up”