City-REDI Weekly Update – 27th February 2020

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What Do We Know About the Current Economic Conditions and What Does the Latest Data Indicate for the West Midlands’ Economy?

In this blog, Rebecca Riley accesses the economic performance of the West Midlands, looking at past, current and future performance and the impact Coronavirus might have on the region.

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Universities and Regional Economies: A Peek Into the Wild Side

In this blog Diana Gutiérrez-Posada, Tasos Kitsos and André Carrascal-Incera discuss their new project looking at the impact of universities on regional economies by measuring some of the benefits and potential costs in the university-local economy relationship.

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Meet John Goddard – Professor of Universities and Cities, City-REDI / WM REDI, University of Birmingham

John Goddard joins City-REDI / WM REDI with the principal purpose of building a network of research-intensive universities focussing on their role in city and regional development. John has led research, policy and practise in this area locally, nationally and internationally over several decades.

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West Midlands Economic Monitor: February 2020

February’s edition of the West Midlands Economic Monitor is now available for you to keep up-to-date with recent developments in the region. This month shows that regional PMI data has rebounded to growth, whilst economic growth in Q2 2018 – Q2 2019 was mostly due to service sector contraction. House-building is at a record high and the employment rate has risen again.

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Professional and Business Services Sector: Creating Further Demand and Growth Outside London

The UK’s poor productivity performance continues to be of much debate in policy and research and is central to the development of the Industrial Strategy. This research focussed on how the Professional and Business Services (PBS) sector can contribute to Local Industrial Strategies and create growth both within the sector and be a driver of growth in other sectors. It takes our understanding of the sector beyond London and looks at what part it can play in redistributing wealth and helping to build strong places outside its traditional centre.

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Governance and Urban Development in Birmingham

For the past three years, an interdisciplinary (and international) team of geographers, political scientists and urban planners working across the universities of Birmingham and Zurich has been studying Birmingham’s urban development, governance, and social and economic trends from the year 2000 to present. Now, as the Just City research project draws to a close, here are some of the conclusions reached on the state of the city’s urban and economic development, along with some recommendations for the future.

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