The Urban and Regional Analysis group is the focal point in Cambridge for regional economics, forming a dynamic internationally recognised cluster of expertise in regional analysis, quantitative and theoretical economic geography, spatial econometrics and urban and regional policy evaluation. The work of the group is largely concerned with issues of regional and spatial inequality and development, ranging from Europe-wide differences in regional development and the prospects for convergence of Europe's regional economies, with implications for social cohesion, to the regeneration of Britain's inner cities, and the dynamics and development of high technology clusters.
It provides academic and intellectual leadership both in the UK and internationally, with active participation to a high level in all forms of academic dissemination and discourse relating to theoretical developments, methodological debates and policy options. As an indication it provided the basis for the Editorial Board of the leading journal Regional Studies between 2003-2005. More recently it has become the home for the journal of Spatial Economic Analysis. It is also central to the formation and launch of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society which is the first journal to publish leading edge themed regional and economic research for an international audience into the regional dimensions of contemporary socio-economic-political change.
The group's interests in theoretical innovation grounded in solid empirical analysis, often with a significant policy emphasis, attracts considerable funding from national and international bodies such as the Department of Communities and Local Government, The European Commission, The Rowntree Trust and the OECD.
Typical of the group's work is theoretical and applied analysis of the determinants of international economic growth disparities, local high technology clusters and the role of small and medium enterprises in generating dynamic local economic growth, and the dynamics of the EU regional economies.
A particular strength of the group has been applied research into the dynamics of urban and regional change with a strong interest in policy.