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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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Reflections on virtually launching Reconstructing Public Housing

Posted on: 18 December 2020 | Category: Blog

In this blog, Matt Thompson, Heseltine Institute Leverhulme Early Career Fellow reflects on the virtual launch of his new book 'Reconstructing Public Housing'.


Deal Making as a method of devolution policy

Posted on: 17 December 2020 | Category: Blog

In this blog, managing director of GC Consulting, Mike Palin, outlines three problems with 'deal making' as the dominant method for deciding devolution settlements in England — identifying a series of steps that can be taken to renew devolution both as a process and a project.


Learning from what works: How Mayoral Combined Authorities are tackling long-term unemployment

Posted on: 4 December 2020 | Category: Blog

In this blog, Heseltine Institute Co-Director Sue Jarvis, considers how Mayoral Combined Authorities are tackling long-term unemployment.


Spending Review 2020: Whitehall Knows Best?

Posted on: 26 November 2020 | Category: Blog

Heseltine Institute Research Associate Tom Arnold reflects on the Spending Review and its implications for the government's 'levelling up' agenda.


What England’s first city-regional Land Commission means for Liverpool

Posted on: 3 November 2020 | Category: Blog

In this blog, Matt Thompson, a Leverhulme research fellow at the Heseltine Institute and member of Liverpool City Region's Land Commission, places the work of the recently convened commission in historical context and outlines its remit and role.


Engaging closely (from afar) with policymakers during the pandemic

Posted on: 13 October 2020 | Category: Blog

Heseltine Institute Research Associate, Andrew McClelland, reflects upon his experience since March 2020 coordinating and editing the COVID-19 Policy Briefs series and offers some insights into the potential for transformative change emerging from the crisis.


A perspective of Households into Work, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on: 20 May 2020 | Category: Blog

In this blog paper, Heseltine Institute Industrial Strategy Fellow, Belinda Tyrrell, considers the impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on residents of deprived communities.


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.


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 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'.


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