A Spotlight on the Øresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden

Gina Coe looks at the experiences of investing in infrastructure, specifically the Øresund Bridge situated in the Øresund Region, to address regional inequality.  Infrastructure investment can boost a region’s economic growth in the short-, medium-, and long-term, as well as working to address regional inequalities and disparities in outcomes. The blog shines a brief spotlight … Continue reading “A Spotlight on the Øresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden”

Income Inequality, Policies and Inclusive Growth

Dr Maryna Ramcharan discusses her new report examining income inequality in the UK at a regional level with a particular focus on the West Midlands.  Visit the project page and view the report  – Income Inequality, Policies and Inclusive Growth  The UK has a very high level of income inequality compared to other countries. Income … Continue reading “Income Inequality, Policies and Inclusive Growth”

COVID-19 Recovery: Birmingham Cannot Miss the Opportunity for a Restart

Tasos Kitsos and Raquel Ortega-Argiles discuss some of the key factors that need to be overcome in Birmingham to continue its economic recovery in the post-COVID era.  This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and … Continue reading “COVID-19 Recovery: Birmingham Cannot Miss the Opportunity for a Restart”

The Regional Economic Contribution of Student Expenditure: Implications for Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this blog, Tasos Kitsos discusses his recent publication “Universities, students and regional economies: a symbiotic relationship?” with André Carrascal-Incera and Diana Gutiérrez-Posada. This research is part of the City-REDI project “The Impact of Universities on Regional Economies“.  What is the economic contribution of students in the regions they study? What is the impact of … Continue reading “The Regional Economic Contribution of Student Expenditure: Implications for Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Four propositions for the Much-Anticipated Levelling Up White Paper

Will Rossiter,  Anne Green and Rebecca Riley discuss new research that identifies a number of challenges for the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper.  Recent research from City-REDI/ WMREDI at the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University on the geography and functioning of places and the institutions, practice and policies associated … Continue reading “Four propositions for the Much-Anticipated Levelling Up White Paper”

“The Game’s Gone”: Where is Football Going and Where Should it Go?

Hannes Read takes a look at the potential consequences of the decision of some of England’s top-flight football teams to attempt to break away from the Premiership to join a European Super League. This blog was first posted on the Birmingham Business School Blog. “The Game’s Gone” Those three words can describe pretty much anything … Continue reading ““The Game’s Gone”: Where is Football Going and Where Should it Go?”

Serendipity Doesn’t Have to Be Left to Chance

In the final blog of a series exploring the power of anchor institution networks, Conrad Parke discovers that what sometimes looks like serendipity is really intent. This blog was first published on the CLES website.  You can view the other blogs below:  Anchor Network Supply Chain Hub: A Proposal Anchor Institution Networks: One Idea, Many … Continue reading “Serendipity Doesn’t Have to Be Left to Chance”

Anchor Network Supply Chain Hub: A Proposal

The third blog in a series blog exploring the mechanisms for anchor institution networks to deliver on their aspiration to create and reinforce local economic ties. Read part one and part two.  Conrad Parke details the thinking behind a proposal to create a supply chain hub to service the Birmingham Anchor Network. This idea is covered in … Continue reading “Anchor Network Supply Chain Hub: A Proposal”

Migrant Workers in Construction

Professor Anne Green discusses a recent research study report led by IFF Research with City-REDI and Warwick IER looking at the impact of the new Points-Based Immigration System on the construction industry in the UK. In February 2021 the Construction Industry Training Board published the latest results from a series of annual studies on Migrant … Continue reading “Migrant Workers in Construction”

Anchor Institution Networks: One Idea, Many Options

This is the second in a series of blogs exploring the mechanisms for anchor institution networks to deliver on their aspiration to create and reinforce local economic ties. Conrad Parke, Birmingham Anchor Network Coordinator, explores the process of translating principles into practice and different models employed for establishing a network by two neighbouring places in … Continue reading “Anchor Institution Networks: One Idea, Many Options”