Challenges and Opportunities for Social Science Innovation Hubs – SPARK @ Cardiff University

SPARK Cardiff University celebrated its official opening on Thursday 9th June. Special guests from the worlds of social science research-led innovation, politics, the third sector and government attended the ‘celebration of society’s super-lab.’ This is the first  of a series of blogs from the event’s four panellists, Professor John Goddard OBE, Emeritus  Professor of Regional … Continue reading “Challenges and Opportunities for Social Science Innovation Hubs – SPARK @ Cardiff University”

How Does the Innovation Performance of the West Midlands Rank on the National and International Stage?

Kelvin Humphreys and colleagues use World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) annual Global Innovation Index to assess how innovative the West Midlands is. This is part of a series of blogs looking at Innovation in the West Midlands. Find out more about our work on regional innovation systems. Summary This analysis compares the innovation performance of … Continue reading “How Does the Innovation Performance of the West Midlands Rank on the National and International Stage?”

Rethinking Public Procurement for Post-COVID Recovery

Malcolm Harbour CBE from Connected Places Catapult examines how the public sector can use procurement to drive innovation in Birmingham and the West Midlands. 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 … Continue reading “Rethinking Public Procurement for Post-COVID Recovery”

University R&D and Innovation Are Essential to Government Ambitions for Levelling Up

Professor Simon Collinson highlights the significance of University R&D to regional economics in the UK and why this is so important for levelling up.  This blog was first posted on the Birmingham Brief.  The benefits of economic growth and wealth creation are usually distributed unevenly. Dealing with the increase in socio-economic and spatial inequality requires … Continue reading “University R&D and Innovation Are Essential to Government Ambitions for Levelling Up”

Small Business Leaders Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic – Foundations for Recovery?

Professor Mark Hart discusses the impact of Covid-19, financial support from the Government and the adoption of digital technology on SMEs. 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 … Continue reading “Small Business Leaders Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic – Foundations for Recovery?”

Levelling Up Through Innovation

On 25th November 2021, Professor Simon Collinson took part in a House of Commons Select Committee to explore the role of technology, research and innovation in the UK’s recovery from Covid-19. In this blog, Simon discusses some of the key points to come out of the committee.  What are the opportunities and challenges for R&D … Continue reading “Levelling Up Through Innovation”

Combining Growth and Levelling Up in UK Regions: How Universities and the Social Sciences Can Help

In this piece, Professor Simon Collinson describes the crucial roles to be played by city-regions and by universities if we are going to level up effectively. This article was first posted on the Academy of Social Sciences website.  Over the next few years, the UK faces further challenges which, like the economic impacts of Covid, … Continue reading “Combining Growth and Levelling Up in UK Regions: How Universities and the Social Sciences Can Help”

Unusual Suspects: The Role of Municipalities in Catalysing Innovation

On the 10th of March, City-REDI held its second external seminar series of 2021 featuring Professor Kevin Morgan from the University of Cardiff. The seminar “Unusual Suspects: The Role of Municipalities in Catalysing Innovation” focuses on research Professor Morgan is undertaking with colleagues from the Centre for Innovation Policy Research at Cardiff University. Abstract: This … Continue reading “Unusual Suspects: The Role of Municipalities in Catalysing Innovation”

The Black Country LEP Area – A Profile

Dr Abigail Taylor provides an economic snapshot of the Black Country LEP area following the five foundations of the Industrial Strategy: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place. As part of the Midlands Engine Economic Observatory work, WM REDI and the Black Country Consortium Economic Intelligence Unit developed Local Economic Partnership (LEP) level profiles. We … Continue reading “The Black Country LEP Area – A Profile”

From Great R&D to Better Outcomes for the UK

This is part one of a two-part blog by Professor Simon Collinson on R&D, innovation and regional growth, following an academic forum hosted by WM-REDI and UKRI that discussed the evidence that should inform the government’s place R&D strategy. It was first published on the UKRI website. A successful national R&D system is, by definition … Continue reading “From Great R&D to Better Outcomes for the UK”