Meet Maryna Ramcharan, City-REDI’s New Senior Policy and Data Analyst

My name is Maryna Ramcharan and I  joined City REDI in May 2022. I am from Ukraine where I completed my PhD in Economic Sciences and the degree in Enterprise Management. My PhD thesis explored the opportunities for economic growth and vertical integration of agricultural farms and meat processing companies. The study aimed to develop … Continue reading “Meet Maryna Ramcharan, City-REDI’s New Senior Policy and Data Analyst”

Meet Annum Rafique- City-REDI / WMREDI’S New Research Fellow

My name is Annum Rafique, and I joined City-REDI in March 2022 as a Research Fellow. I have a PhD in economics from Cardiff University, which Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE) funded. My doctoral work focused on the sustainable intensification of dairy farms in Wales and England. I … Continue reading “Meet Annum Rafique- City-REDI / WMREDI’S New Research Fellow”

Meet Reen Blake-Carr, City-REDI’s New Policy and Data Analyst

I have been with the City-REDI team since July 2021, when I started out as an intern on placement for 13 weeks. During my internship, I worked on building City-REDI’s database of economic indicators for the region, which would allow colleagues to visit a ‘one-stop-shop’ to find the relevant data needed for projects. Using the … Continue reading “Meet Reen Blake-Carr, City-REDI’s New Policy and Data Analyst”

Meet Huanjia Ma, City-REDI/WMREDI’s New Research Fellow

I joined City-REDI in February after completing my PhD in Economics at the University of Birmingham. I am an applied economist and my main research fields are in regional economic development, firm behaviour and household finance. I specialise in conducting empirical analysis as well as causal inference with panel data at both micro and macro … Continue reading “Meet Huanjia Ma, City-REDI/WMREDI’s New Research Fellow”

Breaking Bias: International Women’s Week – Elizabeth Goodyear

Elizabeth Goodyear talks about her experiences as a female in a male-dominated workplace and the steps she took to gain the job, experience, and skills she has now.  I started working for City-REDI and WMREDI as Programme Manager in May 2021, after almost 13 years in Strategic Planning at the University of Birmingham.  I was … Continue reading “Breaking Bias: International Women’s Week – Elizabeth Goodyear”

New Report: What Is Levelling Up and Can It Work?

Dr Abigail Taylor summarises key findings from a recent report published by the Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up to which she contributed. The Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up (CEILUP) at the University of West London has published a collection of contributions and perspectives from a range of contributors across policy, politics, and academia … Continue reading “New Report: What Is Levelling Up and Can It Work?”

Meet Ellie Macdonald, City-REDI/WMREDI’s New Apprentice

I am the new digital marketing and communications apprentice at City-REDI. I am hoping my degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Salford can help me to create new and inspiring content for our audience as I embark on a new career. An apprenticeship was not something I wanted to do when I finished … Continue reading “Meet Ellie Macdonald, City-REDI/WMREDI’s New Apprentice”

Which Parliamentary Constituencies Will Most Likely Face a Homelessness Rise?

Dr Maryna Ramcharan examines which constituencies will most likely face a homelessness rise in the West Midlands.  This is part of WMREDI’s research into Income Inequality, Policies, and Inclusive Growth.  Effects of Covid-19 A Covid-19 related ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England ended in May 2021 and has been tapering off since. As a potential … Continue reading “Which Parliamentary Constituencies Will Most Likely Face a Homelessness Rise?”

The Effect of Furlough and Mortgage Holidays on Household Finances in the West Midlands During the Covid-19 Crisis

Dr Christoph Görtz and Professor Danny McGowen look at the impact of financial support schemes in helping households during 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 “The Effect of Furlough and Mortgage Holidays on Household Finances in the West Midlands During the Covid-19 Crisis”

Meet Paul Vallance, City-REDI / WMREDI’s New Research Fellow

I joined City-REDI in September 2021 as a Research Fellow on the EUniWell (European University for Well-being) project. EUniWell is led by a network of seven European Universities – University of Birmingham (UK), the University of Cologne (Germany), the University of Florence (Italy), the University of Nantes (France), Leiden University (the Netherlands), Linnaeus University (Sweden), … Continue reading “Meet Paul Vallance, City-REDI / WMREDI’s New Research Fellow”