Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap

Dr Chloe Billing explores the Research and Development opportunities available to the West Midlands, the different funding strands for these and how the region can make the most of them. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of uncertainty and posed significant challenges to research and innovation in the UK. This was discussed in my … Continue reading “Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap”

Back Issues of the West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor

WM REDI has been tasked with providing an up to date monitor of the current COVID-19 economic impacts, on a weekly basis. These reports will help regional partners to shape responses and interventions to boost the region’s resilience so that it can thrive going forward. Each week the focus of the report is based on … Continue reading “Back Issues of the West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor”

A Review of the Impacts of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

Rebecca Riley looks at back at the Spanish Flu of 1918, who the virus affected, and what the short and long term impacts were for different countries. The 1918 ‘Spanish’ flu, although it was a different virus to COVID-19, had similar wide-ranging pandemic effects. Transport and travel were far less common, the global population and … Continue reading “A Review of the Impacts of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic”

Rental Market Liquidity in Birmingham and Coventry: What Will Happen in the Next Few Months?

In this blog, Dr Okan Yilmaz, Professor Sasha Talavera and Dr Joy Jia examine the impact student housing demand has on rental markets in Birmingham and Coventry and how COVID-19 might change this.  As with many other markets, the real estate market follows predictable seasonal patterns every year. It heats up during hot periods and winds … Continue reading “Rental Market Liquidity in Birmingham and Coventry: What Will Happen in the Next Few Months?”

COVID-19 in West Midlands, an Opportunity for Fostering Urban Micro-Mobility

In this blog, Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla looks at the opportunities lockdown has presented us with to think differently about the way we use transport, including the possible benefits for the environment as well as the quality of travel in general. One could think about all the negative impacts that the coronavirus pandemic has triggered, … Continue reading “COVID-19 in West Midlands, an Opportunity for Fostering Urban Micro-Mobility”

The Burden of Inequality 

Welcome to REDI-Updates, a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. West Midlands REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss various topics, with this first publication focusing on how inclusive growth can be a tool to tackle regional imbalances across the UK. In this article, Dr Deniz Sevinc … Continue reading “The Burden of Inequality “

Realising the Potential of Inclusive Growth – Lessons From USE-IT

Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss various topics, with this first publication focusing on how inclusive growth can be a tool to tackle regional imbalances across the UK.  In this article, Dr Sara Hassan … Continue reading “Realising the Potential of Inclusive Growth – Lessons From USE-IT”

Why is the West Midlands Attractive to Private R&D Investments but Not Government Funding?

Last week, NESTA launched a report on government spending on R&D and regions. The report was written by Tom Forth (Open Data Institute Leeds) and Richard Jones (University of Manchester) and was commissioned to present analysis on where and how R&D (public and private sector) is distributed across the UK. This blog pulls out key … Continue reading “Why is the West Midlands Attractive to Private R&D Investments but Not Government Funding?”

West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 29th May 2020

WM REDI has been tasked with providing an up to date monitor of the current COVID-19 economic impacts, on a weekly basis. These reports will help regional partners to shape responses and interventions to boost the region’s resilience so that it can thrive going forward. Each week the focus of the report is based on … Continue reading “West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor – 29th May 2020”

When It Comes to Inclusive Growth, Place Definitely Matters. And Here’s Why

Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss various topics, with this first publication focusing on how inclusive growth can be a tool to tackle regional imbalances across the UK.  In this article, Dr Abigail … Continue reading “When It Comes to Inclusive Growth, Place Definitely Matters. And Here’s Why”