About

The Centre for Cities is the first port of call for UK and international decision makers seeking to understand and improve UK cities’ economic performance.

Our main goal is to understand how and why economic growth and change takes place in Britain’s cities, and to produce research that helps cities improve their performance. Through our focus on the drivers of urban success, we have developed a deep understanding of the economic performance of UK cities. We work with cities, business and Whitehall to ensure our work is relevant, accessible and of practical use to cities and the policy community.

In October 2013 Centre for Cities was awarded funding, in partnership with LSE and Arup, to run the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, part of the government’s wider What Works Network. Find out more and read the evidence reviews on their website.

With the support of Future Cities Catapult we launched our data tool in the beginning of 2015. The tool gives users access to our data on UK cities in a variety of formats. In July 2015 we became the official data partner for CityMetric, the online magazine launched by the New Statesman to cover urban policy. CityMetric will be writing regular articles exploring and explaining insights discovered using the data tool.

The creation of Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the Centre was set up in 2005 as an independent, non-partisan research organisation. The Centre for Cities is a registered charity (No 1119841) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (No 6215397). Our core funder is The Gatsby Foundation, one of the Sainsbury family charitable trusts; and our chair is Nigel Hugill, executive chair of Urban & Civic. We work with a range of other partners and funders to support our research.

Centre for Cities in 2017

In 2017, the Centre will continue to lead the debate on the devolution of powers and responsibilities to UK city-regions in the form of metro mayors, respond to the incoming industrial strategy and provide the best data and analysis on UK city economic performance.

This year we will continue our support on the ESRC-funded City Evolutions research programme. The research will be tracking a wealth of economic data going back four decades to understanding how cities have evolved and adapted over time. Go to the City Evolutions website for more details and follow the team on Twitter.

We will be continuing with our high-profile City Horizons events, which bring together a range of fantastic speakers to discuss the future of urban Britain, and our monthly City Talks podcast looking at the big issues that will affect cities in the next 10 years.

Contact Andrew Carter for more information on the Centre’s full 2017 research programme.