Data from the producer perspective: Two days with the ONS

City-REDI’s Tasos Kitsos is back from attending the International Economic Statistics Conference hosted by ONS. Here he provides a round-up of his experience. These are some of my favourite ingredients for a conference; A line-up of great speakers, An audience full of interesting people, A great balance between talking, debating, questioning and breaking up for … Continue reading “Data from the producer perspective: Two days with the ONS”

AnalystFEST post-event review: “Standing Room Only!”

In this post, Tasos Kitsos provides a round-up of City-REDI’s AnalystFEST event which took place last week. The event brought together policy and academic researchers in the West Midlands to celebrate the use of evidence. This was an activity packed day that provided the chance for a number of high profile speakers to reflect on … Continue reading “AnalystFEST post-event review: “Standing Room Only!””

Post-Brexit? What defines an outstanding Modern Industrial Strategy for a Great Global Trading Nation?

Here, City-REDI’s Prof. John Bryson gives his views on what a modern industrial strategy should look like post-Brexit. “An effective industrial strategy should be a long-term strategy that works over decades rather than years. It should evolve slowly building on a strong supportive foundation and should be evaluated over decades rather than election cycles.” Last week, Theresa … Continue reading “Post-Brexit? What defines an outstanding Modern Industrial Strategy for a Great Global Trading Nation?”

Theresa May’s Brexit speech: what will it mean for migration and employment?

Following Theresa May’s speech on 17 January 2017, laying out the UK’s objectives for its exit from the EU, questions surrounding migration and any impact this may have on employment remain key. Mrs May used her much-anticipated speech to announce her priorities for Brexit negotiations, including “control” of migration between the UK and the EU. ‘Brexit … Continue reading “Theresa May’s Brexit speech: what will it mean for migration and employment?”

International students – Do we really want less?

In the post-Brexit era, a number of previously subdued discussions and ideas came to the fore which attempted to address the concerns of the general public revealed by the referendum. Amongst these is immigration. And within that, there are considerations of reducing the number of international students to universities. In this post, I’m adding my … Continue reading “International students – Do we really want less?”

AnalystFEST Event

The City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI), University of Birmingham, is delighted to host their free event ‘AnalystFEST’ on Tuesday 24 January 2017, 9.00am-3.00pm, at the University of Birmingham. This event aims to bring together policy and academic researchers in the West Midlands and make links to national researchers, to celebrate the use of evidence. With the aim … Continue reading “AnalystFEST Event”

The Resolution Foundation City Event – ‘A Broken Heart? The living standards challenge facing the West Midlands’

The Resolution Foundation held their event – ‘A Broken Heart? The living standards challenge facing the West Midlands’ – on the 12th December to explore the unique policy challenges facing the West Midlands and the opportunity the new Metro Mayor will face next year in responding to these and driving a new era of inclusive … Continue reading “The Resolution Foundation City Event – ‘A Broken Heart? The living standards challenge facing the West Midlands’”

Urban Living Birmingham: Challenges facing the City

The Urban Living Birmingham (ULB) Consortium brings together the expertise of four universities (University of Birmingham, Birmingham City, Aston and Warwick); working in partnership with public, private and third sector agencies. ULB is funded by RCUK via the Urban Living Partnership initiative and Innovate UK. There are over 40 project partners or stakeholders working with … Continue reading “Urban Living Birmingham: Challenges facing the City”

Bricks, Concrete and Steel – A look at Birmingham’s future commercial and residential property and local infrastructure development

City-REDI, in collaboration with KPMG, hosted their event ‘Bricks, Concrete and Steel – A look at Birmingham’s future commercial and residential property and local infrastructure development’ this month as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences. The Dynamic Economic Impact Model (DEIM) is being developed by KPMG and City-REDI for the … Continue reading “Bricks, Concrete and Steel – A look at Birmingham’s future commercial and residential property and local infrastructure development”

All Change? The New Politics of Austere Ambition

Following his predictions of the Autumn Statement earlier this week (which can be found here), here City-REDI’s Prof. John Bryson reflects on yesterday’s announcement. “Yesterday’s Autumn Statement reflects a somewhat limited ambition that is constrained by the UK’s structural deficit. There are rather too many uncertainties related to Brexit, the continued underlying weakness of the European … Continue reading “All Change? The New Politics of Austere Ambition”