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 Anthony Breach

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at how the planning system creates housing shortages and drives…

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By Anthony Breach

This report from the UK think tank 'Centre for Cities' examines the lessons from Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Park. Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing…

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By Matt Whearty

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, attention will turn to what trade deals it can strike with other countries…

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By Elena Magrini

City leaders and policymakers up and down the country are increasingly prioritising inclusive growth strategies to ensure that economic prosperity…

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By Various authors

In a spending review year, Cities Outlook 2019 explores how local government cuts since 2010 have impacted UK cities, finding…

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By Rita Beden; Lahari Ramuni; Zach Wilcox; Siri Arntzen

The inaugural UK City Leaders’ Survey, developed jointly by Centre for Cities and Arup, asked the elected leaders of the…

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By Elena Magrini; Naomi Clayton

Technology is transforming the world of work. Demand for physical skills is declining, while analytical and interpersonal skills, coordination and critical…

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By Paul Swinney; Rebecca McDonald; Lahari Ramuni

Since the Brexit vote, there has been a great deal of policy debate and focus on ‘left-behind’ towns, and whether…

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City Horizons: Stian Westlake

This event from the UK think tank Centre for Cities will look at the rise of the intangible economy. Britain,…

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