Welcome to City Evolutions, a major research project looking at how UK cities have evolved and adapted over time

Understanding city economies has become a topic of growing importance. In an ever more urbanised world, economists and geographers point to the way cities are driving the economies and wealth of their nations. This has led to more recognition from national governments as well as international bodies on the economic role that cities play. For policymakers, ensuring successful city economies is the key to ensuring economic prosperity at a national level.

In the UK it is well known that not all cities have enjoyed economic success in recent years, and many have experienced dramatic decline after the war. After a loss of jobs in manufacturing, replaced by low-paid service jobs, there has been a fundamental shift in the economies of many cities over the last several decades. This research project, funded by the ESRC seeks to understand this economic shift in more detail, and establish how and why some cities have weathered the change better than others.

You can find out more about the research project here

New research

Working paper: Submission to the Industrial Strategy Consultation

Our submission to the industrial strategy suggests that place needs to play a bigger role in the strategy as a whole
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Working paper: Growing Apart?

In this paper, we find that structural change has had a big impact on cities, but it doesn't explain everything.
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Upcoming event

Public lecture: Survival of the cities?

Principal investigator Professor Ron Martin will be speaking at a major Centre for Cities public lecture on 12 December
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Latest blogs

False hopes? Four claims surrounding the English metro mayors

Professor Andy Pike tests the four main arguments in support of metro mayors against the evidence.
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City Evolutions is an ESRC-funded project and partnership of the University of Cambridge, University of Southampton, Aston University, Newcastle University, Cambridge Econometrics & Centre for Cities. This website was developed using the Wordpress theme 'Blogsixteen' and is managed and maintained by University of Cambridge and Centre for Cities