Intuitively, we all believe that the places we live in, the people we live around, affect our wellbeing. Backing up this intuition with evidence proves a lot harder than you might think. Currently, there are huge gaps in the evidence base about what impact different place-based housing interventions have on our lives. Read More
The Where We Live Now project has highlighted the importance of place in people’s lives and life-chances, and explored whether policy making would improve if it was designed to focus more on places and less on sectors such as education / health / transport, and so on.
There is, however, one area of policy making that is already entirely place-focused, and that’s planning. Read More
The Where We Live Now project has been busy over the summer: holding roundtable discussions in Manchester, Truro and Cardiff to discuss place-based solutions to productivity challenges. Now that the final roundtable looking at London is on the horizon later this month, we thought you might want a flavour of what has been discussed so far. Read More
Claire McGrath discusses the progress of economic development policies at the regional and local level in the UK, and how place-based approaches can lead to more equal, bottom-up development that builds social capital, as well as economic growth.
Place based approaches have the potential to revolutionise the way in which policy is delivered by achieving higher impact outcomes often at a lower budget. The importance of place in informing the way in which policy can be most effectively implemented has relevance throughout the diverse policy landscape, but perhaps is most relevant, and has the highest potential impact, in creating and sustaining economic development and building the capacity of civil society. Read More