Throughout the life of the project we will be publishing short papers summarising the data and findings for policymakers, along with academic papers.
Our submission to the industrial strategy suggests that place needs to play a bigger role in the strategy as a whole
In this paper, we find that structural change has had a big impact on cities, but it doesn't explain everything.
This paper by Ron Martin and Ben Gardiner explores the scale of the challenge of truly creating a 'Northern Powerhouse' and spatially rebalancing the economy.
This paper by Ron Martin, Peter Sunley, Ben Gardiner, Emil Evenhuis and Peter Tyler looks at how productivity growth has differed across 85 cities since the beginning of the 1970s and finds that it is factors specific to the cities that influence their economic performance.
This is the first in a series of short papers and acts as an introduction to the data and themes that will be explored throughout the City Evolutions project. Using data for 70 cities from 1971 to 1991 the paper highlights four key observations on employment growth, productivity change in the north and south, the story of the big cities and
This essay reviews the recent book by Michael Storper et al The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. The book uses the case studies of San Francisco and Los Angeles to reflect on how economic growth in many cities has diverged over time and seeks to explain why this may be. The same can
This is the first working paper exploring the themes and questions of the City Evolutions project - namely how UK city economies have changed and adapted over time, and how some cities have grown faster than others. Specifically, this paper examines how far UK cities have experienced different economic growth pathways, and asks how far these differences are driven by