Turnaround Cities: Lessons learned for the UK
How have some troubled cities overseas turned themselves around? What did they invest in? How did they organise themselves? Cities are concentrations of economic activity where businesses tend to locate, not just because many of their customers are there, but also because that’s where most of the skilled workers live and where – more broadly – innovation is happening. Economists call this agglomeration effects. But these benefits do not come automatically. Some cities have successfully reinvented themselves, but others struggled in this transformation, such as Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. What lessons can be learned for the UK from successful Turnaround Cities?
Host Professor Bart van Ark is joined by:
- Philip McCann, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at Alliance Manchester Business School
- Susanne Frick, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Blavatnik School of Government
- Ian Taylor, Research and Policy Associate, Blavatnik School of Government
For more information on the topic:
- Resolution Foundation (2023), Lessons from successful ‘turnaround’ cities for the UK, London.
- Susanne Frick and Paula Prenzel (2023), Turnaround Cities: German Case Studies. Insights from Dortmund, Duisburg and Leipzig, Blavatnik School of Government.
- Susanne Frick(2023), Turnaround Cities: French Case Study: Insights from Lille, Blavatnik School of Government.
- Susanne Frick (2023), Turnaround Cities: Spanish Case Study: Insights from the Basque Country & Bilbao, Blavatnik School of Government.
- Ian Taylor (2023), Turnaround Cities: Anglo-Saxon Case Studies. Insights from Pittsburgh (PA), Newcastle (NSW) and Windsor (Ont.), Blavatnik School of Government.
- Philip McCann (2021), The Fiscal Implications of ‘Levelling Up’ and UK Governance Devolution, Productivity Insights Paper, No. 008, The Productivity Institute.