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'.
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’.
Public Service Reform
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’.