Centre for Cities

Centre for Cities’ mission is to help UK cities realise their economic potential.

The UK’s economy is driven by the success of its cities, which generate opportunities and prosperity for people in all parts of the country.

Despite making up just 9% of UK landmass they account for 54% of the population, 60% of jobs and 62% of GVA.

Centre for Cities produces rigorous, data-driven research and policy ideas to help cities and Government address the challenges and opportunities they face – from boosting productivity and wages to preparing for Brexit and the changing world of work.

It is also an invaluable source of free to use economic data on the UK’s largest urban areas.

The Centre works closely with urban leaders, Whitehall and business to ensure our work is relevant, accessible and of practical use to cities and policy makers. In partnership with LSE and Arup, it also runs the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, which analyses which policies are most effective in supporting and increasing local economic growth.

The Centre was set up in 2005 by Lord Sainsbury of Turville as an independent, non-partisan research organisation.

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Recent Reports

By Simon Jeffrey

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Cities looks at how the Government should use the forthcoming devolution…

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By Anthony Breach

This latest report, from UK think tank the Centre for Cities looks at how flexible zoning will end the housing…

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By Kanishka Narayan

This latest report from UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at levels of debt in people living in large…

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By Kathrin Enenkel

This latest report from UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at jobs most affected by Covid 19. How will…

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By Anthony Breach

This latest report from UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at where new homes in cities are being built.…

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By Elena Magrini

This latest report from UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at the impact of Covid19 on employment. Uncertainty for…

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By Elena Magrini

This report from UK think tank Centre for Cities presents two new indexes to summarise and compare the performance of…

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By Paul Swinney; Kathrin Enenkel

This latest report from UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at the underperformance of big cities at the heart…

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Next steps for cities: lessons from the National Infrastructure Commission’s Cities Programme

This event, hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities will discuss the National Infrastructure Commission's Cities Programme. As the…

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Oct

City Horizons with Andy Haldane

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Centre for Cities will discuss productivity across the country. The Government has…

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