The Heseltine Institute blog provides a space for policymakers, practitioners and academics to share their aspirations, knowledge and policy ideas across a range of topics to influence and inform public policies for tomorrow's cities and city regions.

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Place-based employment support conference co-hosted by the Heseltine Institute, University of Liverpool and City-REDI/WMREDI, University of Birmingham

Posted on: 16 June 2022 | Category: Blog

On Thursday 16th June the Heseltine Institute at the University of Liverpool and City-REDI/WMREDI at the University of Birmingham are co-hosting an event in Liverpool on the theme of Employment Support and Future Skills: Benefits of a Place-Based Approach.

Developing local solutions to the problem of precarious work

Posted on: 21 March 2022 | Category: Blog

P&O ferry on River Mersey with Liverpool waterfront behind

In his last blog, James Hickson showed how the rise of precarious working arrangements – such as zero-hours contracts and gig economy work – threatens worker freedom, the wellbeing of communities, and local economic prosperity across the UK. Here he explores how innovative local solutions are now required to help disrupt and dismantle this unjust economic model.

Precarious work is on the rise: Why is this a problem?

Posted on: 8 March 2022 | Category: Blog

Cycle courier

In the first of two blogs, Heseltine Institute Research Associate James Hickson explores the scale of precarious work in the contemporary UK labour market, and outlines why this poses a distinct threat to individuals, communities, and local economies.

Trickle Down Economics Doesn’t Work: Michael Gove, New Public Management and the Levelling Up White Paper

Posted on: 3 March 2022 | Category: Blog

Tram in Manchester city centre

James Coe discusses whether the Levelling Up White Paper reflects a shift away from trickle down economics, towards greater government intervention. James is Head of Sustainability, Policy, and Civic Engagement at the University of Liverpool.

A Science Superpower needs Knowledge Freeports

Posted on: 3 February 2022 | Category: Blog

The UK Government's Levelling Up White Paper wants to create a 21st century Medici effect, with high levels of innovation and growth beyond the golden triangle, led by centrally administered 'Innovation Accelerators', in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. Ian Wray argues for a different approach: 'Knowledge Freeports' rooted in collaboration between business leadership and universities. Ian Wray is a Visiting Professor and Fellow in the Heseltine Institute, author of 'Great British Plans: Who Made Them and How They Worked' and advisor to the UK 2070 Commission on regional inequalities.

The Integrated Rail Plan: All Change?

Posted on: 19 November 2021 | Category: Blog

Regional train station

The long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) was published on Thursday (18 November), with reaction from Northern politicians, regional media, economic geographers, rail nerds and commuters remarkably united.

What does the Autumn Budget mean for Liverpool City Region?

Posted on: 29 October 2021 | Category: Blog

Image of a pound coin

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Autumn Budget and Spending Review on Wednesday, setting out the Government’s tax and spending plans. In this blog, Heseltine Institute Research Associates James Hickson and Tom Arnold explore the implications for Liverpool City Region and discuss what the Budget means for local government and the future of devolution in England.

Code Red: What does the IPCC Report mean for Liverpool City Region?

Posted on: 13 August 2021 | Category: Blog

River Mersey

In this blog, Heseltine Institute Research Associates James Hickson and Sawyer Phinney, reflect on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report and the possible implications for Liverpool City Region’s climate future.

What next for the community business sector in Liverpool City Region?

Posted on: 14 July 2021 | Category: Blog

Our latest research into the social and solidarity economy in the Liverpool City Region provides an update on the health of the community business sector.

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