Monday 15 May 2023

Turnaround cities

How post-industrial cities around the world have transformed their economies

In a services-based economy like Britain, its cities should be leading its economic growth. But in fact England’s major cities outside London are actually less productive than the national average, and many have struggled to adjust to our post-industrial landscape. This is a common challenge for many cities in western economies. But while some cities have been left behind, others – from Lille to Dortmund, Bilbao to Pittsburgh – have turned around their economies and forged ahead.

How have industrial cities around the world successfully responded to major economic change and disruption? What policy lessons are there for cities across Britain? And what role should cities play in a new economic strategy for Britain?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an in-person and interactive webinar – as part of The Economy 2030 Inquiry, funded by the Nuffield Foundation – to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of the key highlights from a new Navigating Economic Change essay on seven turnaround cities around the world, we will hear from leading experts on what cities across Britain can learn from those that have successfully transformed their economies.

The event will be open for people to physically attend, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.