COVID-19 Recovery: Birmingham Cannot Miss the Opportunity for a Restart

Tasos Kitsos and Raquel Ortega-Argiles discuss some of the key factors that need to be overcome in Birmingham to continue its economic recovery in the post-COVID era.  This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI and … Continue reading “COVID-19 Recovery: Birmingham Cannot Miss the Opportunity for a Restart”

Tackling Covid-19 in Birmingham

Dr Justin Varney discusses how community engagement, partnership working and communication allowed Birmingham to tackle the challenges thrown up by Covid-19.  This blog post was produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Economic Review for 2021. The annual Birmingham Economic Review is produced by City-REDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is … Continue reading “Tackling Covid-19 in Birmingham”

Launch of the Birmingham Economic Review 2021

On 21 October 2021, a launch event was held for the Birmingham Economic Review 2021.  All images from the event are courtesy of Jas Sansi.  The Birmingham Economic Review (BER) is produced by the City-REDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. The BER is a deep-dive into the economy of England’s … Continue reading “Launch of the Birmingham Economic Review 2021”

Covid-19 and the Future Business District

In this blog, Anne Green, Rebecca Riley, Alex Smith, Ben Brittain and Hannes Read examine the long-term impact of Covid-19 on business districts. How can they continue to be successful places attracting business and people and contributing to vibrant city centres? This blog is the summary from the Future Business District report – visit the … Continue reading “Covid-19 and the Future Business District”

Looking Ahead: The Future Business District Study and the Future of the Office

Hannes Read discusses a study looking at the impacts of COVID-19 on business districts and working practices, and what the way forward might be.  The Future Business District Study Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many people and businesses have been required to work from home rather than the office. The sudden shift away from working in … Continue reading “Looking Ahead: The Future Business District Study and the Future of the Office”

Meet Elizabeth Goodyear, WMREDI’s New Project Manager

I joined the WMREDI Team as Project Manager in May 2021, I have worked at the University of Birmingham for 13 years and have had many varied roles in strategic planning, research, and impact over that time.  My most recent role was as Project Manager for the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator £1m … Continue reading “Meet Elizabeth Goodyear, WMREDI’s New Project Manager”

Embedding Local Community Engagement in University ‎Strategy Development: Reflections From Universities in Birmingham – WM REDI Policy Briefing

In this policy briefing Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla, Dr Abigail Taylor, Dr Sara Hassan, and Professor Anne Green report on the findings from a research project that analyses university strategies within Birmingham. This briefing builds on work undertaken by WM REDI in conjunction with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) as part of a … Continue reading “Embedding Local Community Engagement in University ‎Strategy Development: Reflections From Universities in Birmingham – WM REDI Policy Briefing”

Birmingham on the World Stage: The Attractiveness of the City Before and After the Pandemic

Rebecca Riley on what Birmingham needs to do to remain an attractive place to live and visit, ensuring the centre and surrounding areas remain vibrant and thriving. This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2020 is produced by City-REDI / WM … Continue reading “Birmingham on the World Stage: The Attractiveness of the City Before and After the Pandemic”

Birmingham Economic Outlook: Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Before the pandemic, Birmingham’s Economy was growing healthy. Ben Brittain discusses the massive impact that Coronavirus has had on the City’s economy and the road to recovery.  This blog post has been produced to provide insight into the findings of the Birmingham Economic Review. The Birmingham Economic Review 2020 is produced by City-REDI / WM … Continue reading “Birmingham Economic Outlook: Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Creating More Just Cities by Supporting Social Housing Tenants Into Work

This blog is based on a recent submission from the Just City project to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Social Mobility, available here. Liam discusses the many challenges faced by those living in social housing in relation to employment, social infrastructure, language and skills deficiencies, and what actions we can take to help … Continue reading “Creating More Just Cities by Supporting Social Housing Tenants Into Work”