Partnerships are vital for our work and we work with partners in a number of ways:
Our research programme reflects our research ambitions for 2019, but we are always interested to discuss new ideas for working together with like-minded organisations.
Cities are where the national economy happens. Every year, our work provides unrivaled insight into how city economies in the UK work and what needs to be done to help cities up and down the country achieve their economic potential – and 2019 will be no exception.
This year we will look at the different roles that cities play in national economic and civic life.
Much of our research to date has been to understand how city economies work. This year, as the UK leaves the European Union, we intend to deepen our research into cities as places of production, to address the following questions:
As well as places of production, cities are where people go to spend their leisure time and money. This year, we intend to broaden our research to shed light on cities as places to play and consume and how this aspect of a city’s life and identity reflects and relates to the characteristics of its economy.
In addition, our work on the vibrancy and viability of city centres – and high streets – will continue.
Our recent research has explored how high streets relate to the city economy as a whole, and how policy should respond.Read more
Cities across the UK are facing housing challenges and, as our previous research has shown, this requires a different response from one city to another. This year, we intend to continue our work on cities as places to live by looking in detail at:
Cities in the UK are home to the vast majority of the country’s most productive, higher skilled jobs – the kind of employment that encourages people to move to cities. This year, we intend to look further into cities as places of opportunity for people with lower skills and no formal skills.
We have long-argued for central government to place more responsibility in the hands of city leaders. In 2019, we intend to continue our focus on governing the city. This year, we are intensifying our research into the powers and resources places need to thrive – and to deal with some of the challenges that come with success.
Key themes in this area of work include:
Our work explores how and why leadership and devolution of powers can make a bigger difference to city economic growth.Read more
Transparency and independence are integral to the Centre’s work. We always acknowledge partners in all associated materials for both research and events, as well as in our annual reports.
Centre for Cities endeavours to be as clear and transparent as possible when disclosing its funders by placing their brand on all associated material. We also produce annual sponsorship summaries which can be downloaded below: