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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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'.

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.

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