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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


The work of Centre for Cities

When Nov 06, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Mill Lane Lecture Room 7
Contact Name
Attendees Paul Swinney
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Cities in the UK, and across the globe, are increasingly important for the future success of the national economy. The 64 biggest cities in the UK already house more than 50% of the population, produce 60% of the country’s GVA, provide employment for more than 70% of the country’s high skilled workers and are the preferred location for nearly 80% of new migrants. But whilst some cities are increasingly productive and prosperous others are struggling to adapt to economic change and provide opportunities for their residents. This lecture will explore some of the patterns and trends relating to city economic performance across the UK over the last decade or so; highlight which cities have been performing well and which have been struggling, and why this pattern of unevenness seems to be getting worse; and. Explore the policy implications for national government and cities in responding to these trends.


Paul Swinney


In his role as Senior Economist Paul leads on the data analysis undertaken by the Centre. He has a particular interest in research on the spatial development of city economies, private sector growth, and enterprise. His current work focuses on the role that city centres play in the wider city economy, the evolution of out of town employment sites and what this means for future economic growth.

Paul is a regular media commentator, including print, radio and TV, and has spoken at conferences across the UK on subjects relating to the performance of city economies. He has an economics degree from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and a Postgraduate Certificate in Econometrics from Birkbeck College.