Public lecture: Survival of the cities?

Centre for Cities is delighted to host Professor Ron Martin, the principal investigator in this project. This public lecture will explore the resilience of British cities to major economic shocks using the vast City Evolutions dataset.

With Brexit looming, and the prospect of future disruptive technological change, the economic futures of British cities is unpredictable at best. Using a half a century of detailed economic data for 85 cities across the country, Professor Martin will discuss the relevance of the notion of ‘resilience’ both in understanding how cities react to and recover from economic shocks, using evidence from the three most recent recessions of the 80s, 90s and the crash of 2008, and in thinking about potential policy options that might help improve the robustness of cities to future turbulence.

This lecture will draw on the project dataset, bringing unique and rigorous insight into the resilience of UK cities over the past several decades. You can find continued analysis of the dataset in the project’s series of working papers and briefings, before fuller analysis is published next year.

The lecture will take place on 12 December from 5.30pm in the Shard. This is a ticketed event, for more information contact Rita Beden on