Two fully-funded PhD studentships available in the field of regional and labour economics

City-REDI is embarking on the development of a set of analytical tools to assist stakeholders in the West Midlands region to address significant policy challenges over the next several decades. We have two fully-funded PhD studentships (3 years full-time equivalent) to support City-REDI quantitative research team led by Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés under the topics of regional … Continue reading “Two fully-funded PhD studentships available in the field of regional and labour economics”

Max Nathan features in a film about about tech, migrants and innovation in London

City-REDI’s Dr. Max Nathan features in a documentary by Wired magazine and the Museum of London called, “How migrant entrepreneurs help power growth in the London economy“. The documentary looks at what it is about London that makes it  Europe’s largest and most vibrant tech hub. As well as Dr. Max Nathan, the documentary also provides insight … Continue reading “Max Nathan features in a film about about tech, migrants and innovation in London”

Professor Simon Collinson interviewed on Radio 4

Professor Simon Collinson, City-REDI, was interviewed this morning on the Today Show, on Radio 4 (22/11/17) about the Autumn Budget 2017. On the show, Professor Collinson talked about some of the current economic issues that the government faces. That despite the fact that the UK has high levels of employment, it is also experiencing a period of … Continue reading “Professor Simon Collinson interviewed on Radio 4”

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”