The economic black hole at the heart of the shift to electric vehicles

This blog was originally posted by The Conversation It has been re-posted by CityREDI Authors: Professor John Bryson and Anastasios Kitsos Published: 04/08/2017 Source: Charging more? nrqemi/Shutterstock The ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 is perhaps the most significant policy announcement made by the UK government in the past … Continue reading The economic black hole at the heart of the shift to electric vehicles

Birmingham: a city of visible negatives and hidden positives

Below are contributions in response to a request for the best and worst of Birmingham. They formed part of an impromptu exhibition held at the March 2017 Urban Living Birmingham Touchstone Group Meeting. From the author, David Thew, Secretary to the Futures Network West Midlands (FNWM) VISIBLE NEGATIVES Congestion Without appropriate action, there is a … Continue reading Birmingham: a city of visible negatives and hidden positives

Birmingham 2040: The Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Engines, Electric Vehicles and Robotics

Author: John Bryson In 1971 Sir Peter Hall speculated about London and the year 2000. Forecasting futures will always result in failure, but perhaps there are some ‘knowns’ about what Birmingham will look like in 2040 and many unknowns. One ‘known’ is that forecasting the future is impossible. Nevertheless, it is worth considering some of … Continue reading Birmingham 2040: The Ban on New Petrol and Diesel Engines, Electric Vehicles and Robotics

Stories from the Academy: Newcastle City Futures

Author: Mark Tewdwr-Jones Originally published on the 29th of May 2017 as an Urban Transformations Blog. Newcastle City Futures (NCF), led by Newcastle University, was formed in 2014 and grew out of Newcastle’s commitment to civic engagement, and our interest in the future of places. The idea of the civic university has been an intellectual … Continue reading Stories from the Academy: Newcastle City Futures

West Midlands’ Service exports to the EU: Brexit will not be the same for every region

Author:  Tasos Kitsos First published on the 13th of July 2017 as a CityREDI blog On July 11, the ONS has released its estimates of regional Service exports for GB regions. The release is here – https://goo.gl/4d7Kjx Doing one of my favourite things and turning absolute figures to percentages, a number of interesting insights come … Continue reading West Midlands’ Service exports to the EU: Brexit will not be the same for every region

The disintegration of planning policy

Author: Prof Alister Scott, Northumbria University I recently wrote about the disintegration of the housing debate where I argued that there are no ‘magic bullet’ solutions as the housing question is complex, demanding much more cross-sector thinking. But this type of approach is something conspicuously absent in contemporary policy and decision-making processes. This is also … Continue reading The disintegration of planning policy

Brief for Creative Engagement: Reimagining City Service Delivery

 The Urban Living Birmingham research project consortium is inviting Birmingham-based arts organisations to submit proposals that imaginatively use arts and creative approaches to engage Birmingham citizens in developing innovative ideas for the improved delivery of urban services using the findings from the research. This creative consultation tender brief outlines a pilot approach to encouraging resident … Continue reading Brief for Creative Engagement: Reimagining City Service Delivery