Deliveroo Riders and the GIG Economy: Employees, the Self-Employed and Workers and Local Economic Development

Here, City-REDI’s Prof. John Bryson discusses what the gig economy means for employees, the self-employed, workers and local economic development. The so called ‘gig economy’ is transforming the nature of work, but only for some workers by providing alternative employment opportunities. These employment opportunities reflect the management of labour inputs by the application of technology that … Continue reading “Deliveroo Riders and the GIG Economy: Employees, the Self-Employed and Workers and Local Economic Development”

From Rabbits to Ubers: What the ‘new’ gig economy means for employment, education and politics?

Here, City-REDI’s Prof. John Bryson discusses what the ‘new’ gig economy means for employment, education and politics. A new term – the ‘gig economy’ – has emerged in the US that is part of an old process that is central to the operation of capitalist economies.  The gig economy reflects the on-going adaptation of work and … Continue reading “From Rabbits to Ubers: What the ‘new’ gig economy means for employment, education and politics?”

Research into ethnic diversity, firm performance and cities

A growing literature examines how ethnic diversity influences economic outcomes in cities and inside firms. However, firm–city interactions remain more or less unexplored. A recent paper published by City REDI’s Max Nathan provides new insights into the links between ethnic diversity and firm performance within different urban environments. The paper – published in Environment and Planning … Continue reading “Research into ethnic diversity, firm performance and cities”

Resolution Foundation city event – ‘Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area’

City-REDI is pleased to announce the Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area event, organised and delivered by the Resolution Foundation. The event will be held from 08.00am-10.00am on Monday 12 December 2016 at Birmingham Library. This event comes as part of the Resolution Foundation’s major new investigation into living standards in our cities. … Continue reading “Resolution Foundation city event – ‘Living standards across the West Midlands Metro Area’”

Manufacturing in Greater Birmingham – is it pulling its weight?

Our first guest blog from Patrick Willcocks, policy commentator focused on cities and their economic and environmental policy issues (UrbanPivot); a teaching fellow at the UoB Business school focusing on Europe and regional development and a private consultant working on EU funding and policy. A couple of things triggered this blog post – my inaugural … Continue reading “Manufacturing in Greater Birmingham – is it pulling its weight?”