The Heseltine Institute blog provides a space for policymakers, practitioners, community activists and academics to share their aspirations, knowledge and policy ideas about how best to create happy, healthy and prosperous cities and city regions for all.

Exploring heritage diplomacy in an uncertain world. As the UK contemplates its post Brexit future, can heritage be used to be build bridges to the world?

Posted on: 27 September 2019 | Category: Blog

Heseltine Institute Research Associate, Andrew McClelland, draws upon recent experiences at two international fora in the UK and China, which speak in different ways to the uses of heritage within contemporary diplomatic affairs in an era of shifting geopolitical power.

Why we need more support for social entrepreneurs and activists to bring about a better future

Posted on: 27 September 2019 | Category: Blog

Mark Swift

In this blog, Heseltine Institute fellow, Mark Swift, argues for the growing importance of social entrepreneurship and identifies concrete steps to support activism at a local level.

Why Milton Friedman got it wrong on Planning

Posted on: 17 May 2019 | Category: Blog

Heseltine Institute Visiting Fellow Ian Wray discusses his latest book, 'No Little Plans: How Government Built America's Wealth and Infrastructure'.

Could a Leccybus Cure Liverpool's Middle Aged Spread?

Posted on: 11 May 2018 | Category: Blog

A few days ago an architect friend floated some imaginative ideas for Liverpool city centre. Bring back the One O' Clock Gun, which as late as the 1960s was used by people to set their watches (originally it synchronised ships’ chronometers). The gun could be a nice Pier Head tourist attraction. Get the through traffic out of Rodney Street, the finest Georgian street in the North of England, and widen the pavements. And build a monorail on the line of the old Liverpool overhead railway, connecting up the waterfront. If Chester Zoo can afford a monorail, why not the city centre?

Why Liverpool City Region Should Look Both Ways

Posted on: 16 March 2018 | Category: Blog

Alan Chape and Ian Wray are both Heseltine Institute Visiting Fellows. Ian Wray is also Visiting Professor in Geography and Planning.  Alan Chape was formerly Assistant Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council, and Ian Wray, Chief Planner, Northwest Development Agency.

Health must be considered in all aspects of the devolving Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 22 May 2017 | Category: Health must be considered in all aspects of the devolving Liverpool City Region

Health and health governance

For 60 years the World Health Organisation has defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

Steve Rotheram faces some major challenges as the new Metro Mayor in Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | Category: Steve Rotheram faces some major challenges

English devolution

The wait is over and we now know that Steve Rotheram has been elected as the first Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor. Alan Southern from the Heseltine Institute looks at what faces the successful candidate.

Whose deal is it anyway? - A reply to ‘Dear mayoral candidate’ by Tabitha Morton, Women’s Equality Party Mayoral Candidate

Posted on: 15 March 2017 | Category: Whose deal is it anyway?

In the wake of the horrible death of Jo Cox last year, newspapers started reporting the work and achievements of the new and rather low-profile Labour MP. It turned out that people knew very little, if anything, about the phenomenal work of Cox – just as we know little of countless other MPs and local councillors who get out of bed every morning determined to make this world a better place. We don’t learn about them through the news. We don’t teach our children about them in school. Because in our politics and in our history, it is the figurehead that matters.

Dear Mayoral candidate

Posted on: 15 March 2017 | Category: Dear Mayoral candidate

The campaign to elect the first directly elected Mayor for the Liverpool City Region is now underway. With this in mind the Heseltine Institute has been hosting this blog with the purpose of asking thought leaders and local policymakers to contribute their policy ideas on what the Mayor might do to re-energise the political economy of the City Region. In the spirit of our blog we are now inviting you to respond to the ideas it generated.

Will Devolution Deliver Diversity and Equality of Opportunity for All in Liverpool City Region – or just more of the same?

Posted on: 15 August 2016 | Category: Maggie O'Carroll

Maggie O'Carroll is Chief Executive Officer of The Women's Organisation

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