State of the Region 2021 – Informing Regional Decision Making in the West Midlands

On the 4th August, WMREDI hosted the launch of the State of the Region Report. This report is written on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and all its partners, by the WMREDI partnership. It presents a balanced approach to regional monitoring and is a useful tool to understand the progress the region … Continue reading “State of the Region 2021 – Informing Regional Decision Making in the West Midlands”

Why Offices Must Adapt to Encourage People to Return

Hannes Read discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work, and how we can change the office to improve the wellbeing of employees and encourage them back.  A new study by Aviva has found that 47% of employees were less career-focused because of the pandemic. Just 14% of employees favoured returning to the office … Continue reading “Why Offices Must Adapt to Encourage People to Return”

Good Jobs in the Midlands After COVID

Tony Dobbins and Anne Green outline some of the key points discussed at a recent event looking at good work in the Midlands. Speakers at a joint Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) and City-REDI webinar on June 24th 2021 debated research and policy ideas in support of good work in the English Midlands. Comparisons were … Continue reading “Good Jobs in the Midlands After COVID”

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”

The Changing Role of Universities During the COVID Crisis

On the 2nd of June 2021, City-REDI held an external seminar featuring Dr Rhiannon Pugh from Lund University. The Changing Role of Universities During the COVID Crisis Abstract: I am currently undertaking qualitative research with various university staff about how the university’s role in regional development is changing in light of the Covid crisis. In … Continue reading “The Changing Role of Universities During the COVID Crisis”