Author: Chris Bouch When one looks at Andy Street’s potted history on Wikipedia, it is difficult not to be impressed: Oxford; past Managing Director at John Lewis Partnership; past chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership; Commander of the British Empire for services to the economy; and, Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham … Continue reading May I be so Bold? A Plan for the New West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor
Author: Charlotte Hoole First published by CityREDI on 27/06/2017 City-REDI held a workshop last week with its sister research centre based at Guangzhou University, Guangdong, China. This was an ideal opportunity for the two research centres to share research ideas and approaches and to explore opportunities for on-going collaboration. In May 2016, a linked research centre to City-REDI … Continue reading City-REDI welcomes Guangzhou University
Below are two poems in response to a request for the best and worst of Birmingham. The poems formed part of an impromptu exhibition held at one of Urban Living Birmingham’s Touchstone Meetings. From the author, Jonathan Ward: These poems were off the cuff reflections on parts of the city I see and experience most … Continue reading Missed and Missing Opportunities
Author Mike Grace The 4th May 2017 has come and gone and Andy Street is the first and the new Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Congratulations, as it must have been difficult to pitch for this particular election. He has secured powers for action across housing, economy and transport agendas at a regional … Continue reading After the [Metro Mayor’s] Election is Over……..
License: CC 3.0 BY Mario Purisic Please join us for the first of the Urban Living Birmingham Skype Sessions, taking place on the 6th of June 2017, 10.00am to 11.00am. If you are able to attend please contact Dr Chloe Billing via email on C.A.Billing@bham.ac.uk by the 2nd of June Citizens have direct experience of the ‘problem spaces’ within … Continue reading ULB Skype Session: End-user innovation of public services – through the backdoor via smart phone apps
Author: Jonathan Clarke, University of Warwick On the 20th March 2017, Urban Living Birmingham (ULB) held its third Touchtone Group meeting, offering a forum for project researchers to present and receive feedback on some early findings to representatives from the public, private and third sector from across Birmingham and the West Midlands Combined Authority, but … Continue reading Reflections on the 20 March 2017 ULB Touchstone Group Meeting
Author: John Bryson Originally published as a CityREDI blog The 4 May, today, is an important day for the West Midlands and especially for those living in this region that will live or work under the governance structure of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The WMCA and the devolution deal that was negotiated with … Continue reading The Metro Mayor’s Election – 4 May 2017: A Comment on the Task Ahead for the New Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority