20 episodes

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: Managing our urban transport networks

    City Talks: Managing our urban transport networks

    For the latest episode of City Talks, Chief Executive Andrew Carter is joined by Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester, and former managing director at Transport for London, Vernon Everitt.

    Together, they discuss the issues in funding public transport networks in the UK and what needs to be done to boost ridership and provide the services cities need.

    This episode is part of Centre for Cities’ City Talks series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

    • 46 min
    City Minutes: How the cost of living crisis is playing out across the UK

    City Minutes: How the cost of living crisis is playing out across the UK

    The cost of living crisis is dominating headlines, with the debate so far largely focusing on the burden felt by households, individuals and socio-economic groups.

    Centre for Cities’ latest report, Out of pocket: the places at the sharp end of the UK’s cost of living crisis examines the crisis using a place-based approach for the very first time, to determine how the current squeeze on incomes is likely to be felt across the UK’s cities and largest towns.

    For this episode of City Minutes, Senior Analyst Valentine Quinio and Analyst Guilherme Rodrigues join Chief Executive Andrew Carter to unpack the key findings of the report.

    Together, they discuss, the drivers behind the geography of the cost of living crisis, whether the support provided by the Government is enough, and what short term and long term interventions can be put in place to ensure people and places are supported now and in the years to come.

    This episode is part of Centre for Cities’ City Minutes series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

    • 12 min
    City Talks: Fixing the intangible economy

    City Talks: Fixing the intangible economy

    Andrew Carter speaks to Chief Executive of the Royal Statistical Society and former government advisor Stian Westlake about his new book, Restarting the Future: How to Fix the Intangible Economy, which he co-authored alongside Jonathan Haskel.

    This episode explores how there has been an incomplete transition from an economy based on physical capital to one based on intangible capital - such as ideas, brands, and knowledge. Westlake argues that this has left our economic institutions geared to an outmoded way of doing business, and that an institutional refresh is needed to drive growth and address inequalities.

    This episode is part of Centre for Cities’ City Talks series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

    • 49 min
    City Minutes: How has homeworking impacted urban high streets?

    City Minutes: How has homeworking impacted urban high streets?

    Before Covid, the office-based workforce was key to the health of the high street. Now, despite the reopening of the economy, office workers in some of our strongest cities are yet to return in the numbers we saw pre-pandemic, raising questions over what’s next for our high streets.

    For this episode of City Minutes, Senior Analyst Valentine Quinio joins Chief Executive Andrew Carter to set out the main findings of our latest briefing Homeworking and the high street.

    They explore the state of play pre-pandemic, how successive lockdowns and shifts to homeworking have impacted high streets, and what - in the context of the ‘new normal’ of hybrid working -  is now needed for city centres to adapt and thrive.  

    This episode is part of Centre for Cities’ City Minutes series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

    • 10 min
    City Talks: How has history shaped the North’s identity?

    City Talks: How has history shaped the North’s identity?

    Andrew Carter talks to former Financial Times journalist and Scotland on Sunday editor Brian Groom about his new book Northerners: A History. From the Ice Ages to the 21st Century. 

    This episode is part of Centre for Cities’ City Talks series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

    • 48 min
    City Talks: Delivering the Levelling Up White Paper

    City Talks: Delivering the Levelling Up White Paper

    Andrew Carter speaks to RSA Chief Executive and former permanent secretary for levelling up Andy Haldane about the work that went into the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper and the challenges of tackling spatial inequality in the UK.

    Each episode is part of Centre for Cities’ City Talks series.

    Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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.

new_berry ,

Sound quality needs adjusting

The sound quality is poor compared to other podcasts. I need to have the volume on my headphones high to hear the episodes.

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

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