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The Heseltine Institute

Connecting policy, practice and place in Liverpool and beyond.

The Heseltine Institute brings together the University of Liverpool’s world-class academic research base with policy makers and practitioners to work together to address some of today’s most pressing public policy issues. We provide thought leadership and high impact research to support the sustainable development of cities and city-regions, with a particular focus on former industrial cities undergoing regeneration.

By initiating and opening up new conversations, we inspire co-created, innovative and sometimes disruptive solutions to key urban challenges. By doing this we build an evidence base for local and national public policy and frame agendas for positive change.

We work with a range of external organisations including local authorities, businesses, the public sector, charities, social enterprises, housing associations and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to ensure a sustainable and successful future for tomorrow’s cities.

Our expertise

We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in:

  • The social economy/social enterprises
  • English devolution, combined authorities and the metro-mayors
  • Brexit: impacts and responses
  • Low carbon transitions and climate resilience
  • Smart cities
  • Health inequalities and health governance
  • Diverse leadership and gender equality
  • Neighbourhood regeneration
  • Skills in the local economy.

Our work

We support organisations by:

  • Encouraging knowledge exchange and civic engagement
  • Undertaking collaborative research
  • Hosting capacity building events
  • Upskilling and training students and stakeholders
  • Providing consultancy and advice.

Why work with us?

  • Access to knowledge: the Heseltine Institute acts as a front door to the wealth of research taking place across the University of Liverpool. We can start conversations, forge relationships and help to share knowledge that benefits us all
  • Global expertise: our internationally renowned team has both academic and practical experience of public policy and a proven track record of influencing local and national decision-making
  • Well-connected: we have a broad range of expertise and can draw on skills and knowledge from across the University and the city region
  • Independent: we are a non-partisan, rigorously independent Institute that acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the stakeholders we work alongside.

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