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City Talks: Measuring city performance in the modern economy

2/22/2018
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What are some of the challenges and opportunities presented by measuring the performance of modern economies - particularly those of Britain’s cities? To address these questions, our host Andrew Carter is joined by Paul Swinney, Head of Policy and Research at Centre for Cities and Diane Coyle who is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, ONS Fellow on Measurement Issues in the Modern Economy and the author of several books, including ‘GDP: A Brief...

Duration:00:47:52

City Talks: The impact of automation

2/1/2018
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This episode of City Talks was recorded at the launch of Cities Outlook 2018, the flagship report published annually by Centre for Cities on the economic health of British cities. The report focuses on the impact of automation and globalisation on British cities over the next decade or so. It presents a mixed picture, finding, for example, that whilst automation and globalisation are likely to bring opportunities and boost jobs growth in all UK cities, the quality of the jobs created...

Duration:00:27:52

City Talks: Capitalism without Capital

12/19/2017
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In this episode of City Talks, Andrew is joined by Stian Westlake, advisor to the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics at Imperial College London, to discuss their book ‘Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy’. The book explores the long-run trend in developed economies such as the UK and USA to invest in ‘intangible’ as opposed to ‘tangible’ assets, such as design and research and development, and...

Duration:01:09:06

City Horizons with Professor Ron Martin: Survival of the Cities?

12/15/2017
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In this City Horizons lecture, Professor Ron Martin, Professor of Economic Geography at Cambridge University and principal investigator in major ESRC funded project, City Evolutions, explored the resilience of British cities to major economic shocks. With Brexit looming, and the prospect of future disruptive technological change, the economic future of British cities is unpredictable at best. Using half a century of detailed economic data for 85 cities across the country, Professor Martin...

Duration:01:16:49

City Talks: If we build it, will they come?

11/29/2017
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In this month’s episode, our chief executive Andrew Carter talks with Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commisssion, and Henry Overman, Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, about the role of infrastructure in supporting economic growth and jobs across the country. Andrew and his guests consider the merits of big infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 2 and the Northern Powerhouse Rail. These decisions are notoriously tricky both in terms of weighing up...

Duration:01:11:10

City Talks: Growing Urban Inequality with Professor Michael Storper

10/26/2017
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In this month’s episode, our chief executive Andrew talks with Professor Michael Storper (UCLA, Sciences PO and the LSE) about the widening gap between successful cities and struggling places, and how this is contributing to the political tensions which helped drive the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. With migration between cities in decline and the diffusion of jobs lessening over time, they discuss why it’s become much harder for people who grow up in lower income...

Duration:00:49:19

City Talks: Challenging the myths about migration

9/28/2017
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In this month’s episode, Andrew explores the economic impact of migration on UK cities with Dr Nicola Headlam Urban Transformations & Foresight Future of Cities Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Dr Max Nathan, Senior Birmingham Fellow (Regional Economic Development) at Birmingham Business School and Deputy Director at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. With the recent revelation from the Office of National Statistics that only 4,600...

Duration:00:56:59

City Horizons: Professor Diane Coyle

7/21/2017
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Professor Diane Coyle is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and author of several books including Sex Drugs and Economics, The Economics of Enough and GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History. At our City Horizons event held at the Shard on 20th July 2017, Professor Diane Coyle spoke about the role of cities as part of a modern industrial strategy, what that means for the UK’s global standing and its impact on nationwide economic growth.

Duration:01:06:35

City Talks: post-election special with Tony Travers

6/15/2017
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In this month’s post-election special, Andrew reflects on the surprising results with Tony Travers, Director at LSE, considering the changing loyalties of the electorate, what a hung parliament will mean for the new mayors and whether we will start to see a cross-party approach to Brexit. They also discuss how the electorate has strayed from traditional party loyalties, voting instead to rage against the machine, or as a tool to deliver a message on Brexit or austerity. The outcome of...

Duration:00:42:00

City Talks: Mike Emmerich on Britian’s Cities, Britain’s Future

5/11/2017
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In this month’s podcast, Andrew chats to Mike Emmerich author of ‘Britain’s Cities, Britain’s Future‘ ex-Treasury civil servant and founding Director of Metro Dynamics. In the book, Emmerich looks back at the 200-year history of British cities - once the engines of the industrial revolution and an example to other nations - to help better understand how urban Britain of the present, and future, can prosper in a globalised, post-Brexit climate. Andrew and Mike discuss, the way cities like...

Duration:01:14:53

City Talks: The Voice of the City - Lessons for the English Metro Mayors

4/12/2017
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Ahead of the inaugural metro mayor elections taking place in six English city regions, Andrew Carter talks to key staffers in both the Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson mayoral administrations in London – Sir Edward Lister and Neale Coleman. He finds out how the mayors worked, how the Olympics happened, and how having this form of leadership has helped the capital to go from strength to strength. They also offer key pieces of advice for the English metro mayors to make their first term –...

Duration:01:01:20

Event catch up: Greater Manchester metro mayor hustings

4/6/2017
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Listen again to the Greater Manchester metro mayor hustings held in partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on 5 April 2017. From May, Greater Manchester will have a new mayor with powers over transport, planning and skills. The elected metro mayor will have an important opportunity to set out and implement a strategic vision for the economy of the metro area, supporting people, firms and institutions to build a more prosperous Great Manchester in the decades to...

Duration:01:29:53

Event catch up: Liverpool City Region metro mayor hustings

3/31/2017
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Full audio from our Liverpool City Region metro mayor hustings held in Liverpool on 30th March 2017. From May, Liverpool City Region will have a new mayor with powers over transport, planning and skills. The new mayor will be given the opportunity to set out and implement a strategic vision for the economy of the metro area, supporting people, firms and institutions to build a more prosperous Merseyside in the decades to come. As the campaign for the election gains momentum, Centre for...

Duration:01:25:32

Event catch up: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough metro mayor hustings

3/30/2017
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Full audio from our Cambridgeshire and Peterborough metro mayor hustings held in Cambridge on 28th March 2017. From May, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will have a new mayor with powers over transport, planning and skills. The elected metro mayor will have an important opportunity to set out and implement a strategic vision for the economy of the metro area, supporting people, firms and institutions to build a more prosperous region in the decades to come. As the campaign for the...

Duration:01:25:21

Event catch up: West of England metro mayor hustings

3/23/2017
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Full audio from our West of England metro mayor hustings held in Bristol on 22nd March 2017. From May, the West of England will have a new mayor with powers over transport, planning and skills. The elected metro mayor will have an important opportunity to set out and implement a strategic vision for the economy of the metro area, supporting people, firms and institutions to build a more prosperous region in the decades to come. As the campaign for the election gains momentum, Centre for...

Duration:01:20:07

City Talks: How can we achieve inclusive growth?

3/16/2017
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In this month’s episode, Andrew is first joined by Alexandra Jones (Chief Executive of the Centre) and Naomi Clayton (Policy and Research Manager at the Centre) to discuss what the spring Budget means for cities. Looking at the Government’s business rates relief measures, the introduction of T-levels and the rise of self-employment, the team give their insights on what this means for cities. The big issue scrutinised in this month’s podcast is how to make growth inclusive? To tackle this...

Duration:01:02:39

City Talks: What does a modern industrial strategy actually look like?

2/9/2017
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In this month’s episode, Andrew discusses the Government’s new industrial strategy and what it could mean for UK cities, with former Business Secretary Rt Hon Vince Cable, Nesta’s Director of Innovation Policy and Futures Louise Marston, and Gavin Kelly from the

Duration:01:01:26

City Talks: World Cities and Nation States

1/12/2017
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In this month’s episode, Andrew is joined by Alexandra Jones and Paul Swinney to discuss what’s in store for 2017. In the main part of this episode, Andrew talks to Greg Clark and Tim Moonen from strategy firm The Business of Cities about two books they have written: World Cities and Nation States and Global Cities. The first book explores the changing relationship between nation states and the increasingly dominant cities they are home to, and the second provides a historical perspective...

Duration:01:00:01

City Talks: What will Brexit mean for cities?

12/7/2016
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In this month’s episode, Andrew begins with a brief look at what came out of the Autumn Statement with colleagues from the Centre. Chief Executive Alexandra Jones looks at what the Statement revealed about the relationship between No. 10 and No. 11, and Paul Swinney gives an overview of the Northen Powerhouse strategy paper. Finally Andrew asks his guests whether we’re likely to see a slowdown in new devolution announcements. After that, Andrew debates the impact of Brexit on cities with...

Duration:00:58:27

City Talks: Is gentrification a bad thing?

11/3/2016
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On this month’s City Talks, Andrew begins with a brief look at the upcoming Autumn Statement with colleagues from the Centre. Chief Executive Alexandra Jones gives her best guess on what kind of tone Philip Hammond will set, and Principal Economist Paul Swinney wonders whether further devolution packages will wait until after the Mayoral elections next year. After that Andrew dives into the gentrification debate with author and journalist Anna Minton, Shelter’s Head of Policy Toby Lloyd,...

Duration:00:59:08

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