Catching the wave

Think tank: HEPI

Author(s): Mary Stuart; Liz Shutt

October 21, 2021

This report from UK think tank HEPI looks at harnessing regional research and development to level up.

Policymakers from across the political spectrum are committed to reducing regional inequalities and spending more on research and development. But there is a lack of detail as well as no consensus on how to deliver on these two priorities. There is also some confusion over how R&D policy and regional policy should relate to one another in the future.

This paper, produced in conjunction with GatenbySanderson, makes firm proposals on how to implement a new approach that are rooted in three successful case studies from around the world – in the UK (Lincoln), the US (San Diego) and Sweden (Värmland).