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Podcasts from Centre for Cities, the think tank dedicated to supporting urban economic growth in the UK

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Podcasts from Centre for Cities, the think tank dedicated to supporting urban economic growth in the UK

    City Talks: Does cluster policy work? Evaluating Tech City with Dr Max Nathan

    City Talks: Does cluster policy work? Evaluating Tech City with Dr Max Nathan

    Clusters such as Silicon Valley are liked by policymakers for many reasons. They are visible, often prestigious, and are effectively cities in miniature. They take the things that make urban economies work and amplify and concentrate them in a particular place.


    London's Tech City programme was launched in 2010 to accelerate its tech cluster in Shoreditch and, by 2014, the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson was hailing it a huge success.


    But did the policy have any effect? And how might you approach evaluation when there are no like-for-like comparators?


    For this episode of City Talks, Dr Max Nathan joins Andrew Carter to discuss his recent paper 'Does light touch cluster policy work? Evaluating the Tech City programme'.

    • 55 min
    City Minutes: Cities Outlook 2020 — Air quality in UK cities

    City Minutes: Cities Outlook 2020 — Air quality in UK cities

    Cities Outlook 2020 takes an in-depth look at air pollution. Our research finds that poor air quality tends to be worse in urban areas, affecting the health of residents and workers and killing thousands each year. Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel and Researcher Valentine Quinio join Andrew Carter to discuss the main findings and recommendations from the report and to call for urgent action from local and national government to clean up the air we breathe.

    • 9 min
    City Talks: How to spread tech innovation with Mark Muro

    City Talks: How to spread tech innovation with Mark Muro

    Since the UK general election, there has been much discussion about using R&D as an instrument to level-up the country. But policymakers are grappling with exactly how to support more innovation-led growth in the North and Midlands.
    Chief Executive Andrew Carter is joined by Mark Muro, Senior Fellow and Policy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution and co-author of a recent paper, The case for growth centers: How to spread tech innovation across America. Mark and Andrew discuss the proposals to transform a handful of places in the US into self-sustaining ‘growth centres’, and how this might be replicated in the UK context.

    • 49 min
    City Talks: Urban warfare with Raquel Rolnik

    City Talks: Urban warfare with Raquel Rolnik

    Sao Paulo University’s Professor Raquel Rolnik joins Andrew Carter to discuss her book, Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance. Using examples from across the globe, she argues that our cities have been commercialised and charts how the financial crisis and wider urban politics have left millions homeless and in financial desperation across the world.
    Professor Rolnik’s work has been informed by her appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing in 2008, just as the financial crisis hit. Prior to this, inadequate housing was largely limited to developing countries but the crash provoked situations of precarious housing conditions in many richer countries, including the UK.

    • 48 min
    City Minutes: Urban Voices 2019

    City Minutes: Urban Voices 2019

    In a sign that the ‘Greta Effect’ is cutting through the political agenda, the 2019 Urban Voices City Leaders' Survey found that half of city council leaders and directly elected mayors now rank the environment as a top priority.
    But are they getting enough to support to address the challenge from central government?
    To discuss this issue and more, Centre for Cities' Chief Executive Andrew Carter is joined by the think tank's Policy Officer Simon Jeffrey and Arup's Chief Economist Alexander Jan.

    • 10 min
    City Talks: General election special — The towns' election? With Will Tanner and Rachel Lawrence

    City Talks: General election special — The towns' election? With Will Tanner and Rachel Lawrence

    The 2019 general election has been framed by many as the towns' election. Both of the main parties regard winning the votes of people living in so-called ‘left behind towns’ in the Midlands and the North as crucial to winning the election.
    Why are these towns so important to the election and what are the main parties offering them to win them over? To explore these and other election issues, Andrew Carter is joined by Will Tanner, Director at Onward and Rachel Lawrence Director of Programmes and Practice at the New Economics Foundation.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

Donado89 ,

Really interesting topics and guests by difficult to hear

The content is great, but you struggle to hear anything if you’re on the train or in any other moderately noisy environment.

NickbSElondon ,

Great content, terrible audio

I love this and want more but please get some new kit! Also the start and end sound a bit like a hypnosis session. I really enjoyed the episode on Liverpool, could be the makings of an interesting series on the planning histories of individual cities. Thanks

discolcs ,

Good content, poor sound quality

The content is great but the sound quality is shocking, whether I listen on laptop/headphones/mobile/speaker I have to turn the volume up to maximum and the background noise is louder than voices.

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