Local economies: Place-based approaches to policy implementation

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

Bigger cities are more productive but higher cost: what policy could do but doesn’t

In January 2016 the British Academy and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science jointly convened an international seminar that explored the impacts of urban spatial and demographic expansion on the economy, social cohesion and sustainability of cities, with a particular focus on the experience of the UK and Japan. The event aimed to showcase cutting-edge research on key urbanisation issues and promote the strengthening of academic links between the UK and Japan. In this blog post, Professor Paul Cheshire, who spoke at the seminar, shares his thoughts on city growth and productivity.  Read More

Making sense of the place in which we live: more than a feeling!

Making sense of the place in which we live, is complex. It is certainly not simply about fixed, quantifiable, geographical parameters but it is multidimensional and feelings about a place, about its community and what is valued in that place, are highly significant [1,2,3]. Communities will comprise homogeneous and heterogeneous groups, [4] and so multiple meanings and values will likely be conveyed from amongst the community. Consequently the ability to capture the breadth and depth of local views is warranted and invariably, this will require a highly interdisciplinary approach to make sense of these views. Read More