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”

City-REDI / WM REDI Round Up – October 2020

Media engagements Professor Simon Collinson featured on Times Radio on the 22nd October 2020, talking about the impact of Coronavirus on Devolution. The interview starts at 01:36:50. Professor John Goddard was featured in an article called “Covid-19 surge on campuses ‘risks poisoning town-gown relations’” in the Times Higher. Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla has been shortlisted … Continue reading “City-REDI / WM REDI Round Up – October 2020”

Launch of the Birmingham Economic Review 2020

This year’s Birmingham Economic Review – a collaboration between Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and City-REDI / WM REDI, University of Birmingham launched yesterday at a Zoom event with over 180 attendees. [Watch the event on YouTube] The Birmingham Economic Review is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second city and a high-quality resource … Continue reading “Launch of the Birmingham Economic Review 2020”

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?”

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”

Estimates of the Local Impact in the West Midlands of the OBR Scenario of a 35% Reduction in Real GDP in Q2 2020

The Office of Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) COVID-19 analysis published on 14th April 2020 makes clear that on the basis of evidence from past pandemics the economic impact of the crisis will arise less from illness and death than from the reduction in demand for goods and services stemming from public health restrictions and social distancing … Continue reading “Estimates of the Local Impact in the West Midlands of the OBR Scenario of a 35% Reduction in Real GDP in Q2 2020”