New Thinking from the North

Collaboration, Invention and Growth

New Thinking from the North is a pilot study aimed at identifying ways in which academics, practitioners in the arts and humanities and local authorities can work in partnership to stimulate invention and influence economic growth across the North of England.

Detail of Lindisfarne Gospels Carpet Page

Heritage North

Digital visualisation of MotivePro a motion capture system discussed at the Digital North workshop

Digital North

A school of fish in an aquaponics tank

Sustainable North

A group of researchers at the Imaginative North workshop.

Imaginative North

This study which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and conducted through the N8 Research Partnership – the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) – is led by Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool.

As an initial phase of this project the N8 universities have organised a series of themed workshops addressing – Heritage, Digital, Sustainability and Imagination - through which they can together, listen to current and historical models of community innovation, identify new research challenges, and explore areas of future development.


Prof. Dinah Birch

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Liverpool


Wendy Asquith

Research Administrator, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Liverpool



Pilot Phase Report

View the New Thinking from the North Report