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Parks and innovation

Anthony Breach

How can policymakers foster business innovation within local and national industrial strategy? This report sets out lessons from Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Park, which is helping to transform the city region from a place of low-cost production to one of high-value knowledge output

Report 14 May 2019
How do cities trade with the world?

Matt Whearty

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, our new trade report finds that services make up the majority of all city exports and examines how a goods-only customs arrangement might affect jobs and prosperity

Report 22 Apr 2019

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Latest blog posts

Does where you grow up matter?

Elena Magrini

New research by the Department for Education shows educational attainment for children from disadvantaged backgrounds is higher in big cities, but a lot of questions still remain unanswered

Blog Post 21 Jun 2019
Did homeowners cause Brexit?

Anthony Breach

Housing is connected to how people voted in the referendum. Any politician who wants to address our Brexit divides will need to end the housing shortages in our growing cities

Blog Post 19 Jun 2019

Latest podcasts

City Talks
City Talks: Why cities look the way they do

Series: City Talks

Richard Williams, a contemporary visual culture expert, explores how the appearance of cities is determined by large-scale processes that are outside our control rather than by intentional design decisions

Podcast 22 May 2019

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The wrong tail

Centre for Cities

The 'long tail' of low productivity firms will not be answer to the productivity puzzle, instead the focus should be on the firms that export goods and services locally and beyond.

Briefing 24 May 2018

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