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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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Unleashing imaginative power in the Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 20 January 2023 | Category: Blog

Unleashing imaginative power in the Liverpool City Region

In the second of a two-part blog, Heseltine Institute Visiting Fellow Mark Swift discusses how policymakers can work with communities to harness imagination. Highlighting a range of positive examples from Liverpool City Region, the blog also identifies a variety of strategies designed to promote imaginative policymaking.

Unleashing our imagination for political and social change in the Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 18 January 2023 | Category: Blog

Unleashing our imagination for political and social change in the Liverpool City Region

In the first of a two-part blog, Heseltine Institute Visiting Fellow Mark Swift discusses the use of imagination in policymaking. Citing a range of examples of creative thinking in the public and third sectors, Mark highlights a range of methodologies designed to harness our collective imagination.

Liverpool City Region’s Freeport is now open, but what exactly is it?

Posted on: 12 January 2023 | Category: Blog

Liverpool City Region’s Freeport is now open, but what exactly is it?

Liverpool City Region’s (LCR) new freeport has received sign-off from the government, following approval of its full business case earlier this week.

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

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

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

Developing local solutions to the problem of precarious work

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

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

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

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

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

A Science Superpower needs Knowledge Freeports

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

The Integrated Rail Plan: All Change?

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.

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Unleashing imaginative power in the Liverpool City Region

Unleashing imaginative power in the Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 20 January 2023 | Category: Blog

In the second of a two-part blog, Heseltine Institute Visiting Fellow Mark Swift discusses how policymakers can work with communities to harness imagination. Highlighting a range of positive examples from Liverpool City Region, the blog also identifies a variety of strategies designed to promote imaginative policymaking.

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