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Our work

The Heseltine Institute looks at the most critical social, economic and environmental challenges which cities and city regions face today with a view to informing and impacting upon public policy.


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The Heseltine Institute Policy Briefings have been central to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide a mechanism for fast policy transfer and learning to inform and impact Liverpool City Region’s economic recovery to #buildbackbetter. 

Our current work is structured around three main themes.


21st Century Cities

This theme considers the challenges and opportunities that cities and city regions face in an era of digital revolution and political decentralisation.  Our research agenda includes 'regional devolution', ‘smart cities’ and 'urban psychology'.

Read more about our research in this area.



Inclusive and Clean Growth

This theme asks how cities and city regions can tackle socio-economic inequalities within and between regions.  The importance of place in unlocking growth and tackling barriers to an inclusive economy is an important facet.  Our research agenda includes ‘measuring inclusive growth’, ‘brexit geographies’, ‘climate and ecological emergency’ and ‘diverse economies and social economy’.

Read more about our research in this area.


Public Service Innovation

This theme considers public service transformation and whole-system collaboration that delivers better outcomes for citizens.  Our research adopts an insight-driven approach to evaluate what works for practitioners.  Current topics include ‘relational welfare’ and ‘building place-based partnerships in public engagement’.

Read more about our research in this area.


The Heseltine Institute also supports the work of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences research theme Sustainable and Resilient Cities.

The theme is characterised by a desire to prompt, prime, inform and catalyse sustainable and resilient urban development.