- Professor Simon Collinson featured on various national and regional outlets for the launch of the WMCA regional recovery plan and investment proposals, including ITV Central and the Mail Online. The story was covered widely with 154 pieces of separate coverage.
- Dr Deniz Sevinc and Dr Suman Seth, University of Leeds organised a special session on ”Multidimensional Poverty: Recent Development in Measurements and Applications” for Development Studies Association’s Annual Conference, June 18, 2020.
- Professor Simon Collinson took part in a Westminster Social Policy Forum keynote seminar: Next steps for economic recovery and development in the Midlands – priorities for growth, infrastructure, and the Midlands Engine on the 18th June 2020. Professor Collinson presented on – Strategies for creating a dynamic regional economy: R&D and innovation as drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth at the event.
- Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles was a guest speaker for a CEnSE zoom seminar on the 4th June called “Job market polarisation in the Dutch local labour markets”.
Reports / publications released
- Dr Sara Hassan co-authored two reports with Prof Jenny Phillimore, for the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS) for their Community Sponsorship project:
- Dr Abigail Taylor and Professor Anne Green released a report with the Industrial Skills Agency called “Rising to the UK’s Skills Challenges”. They also released two other reports on skills:
- Professor Anne Green published a paper called “Spatial Inequalities in Access to Good Work” and also featured in a blog to celebrate 100 years of the Work Foundation.
- George Bramley published a report with SQW called “Knowledge Exchange funding: A review of novel evaluation methodologies“.
Local and Central Government
- The West Midland Weekly Economic Impact Monitor has been going out each week since the 24th April and has been feeding into the Mayor’s weekly WMCA EIG meeting at the WMCA.
- A team of researchers from City-REDI, the Alan Turing Institute and the University of Bristol has recently won research funding from Facebook. City-REDI’s Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles will lead the team examining in-depth how the ongoing digital revolution is affecting regional economic growth pathways and their industrial landscape, and which places and businesses reap higher benefits from digitisation processes in the UK.