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 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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By Kathrin Enenkel; Valentine Quinio; Paul Swinney

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities takes an in-depth look at air pollution. Air pollution is…

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By Andrew Carter

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at the best way to boost the economy and…

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By Simon Jeffrey

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at the decline of bus transport in major cities…

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By Anthony Breach

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at how and why living space varies between cities.…

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By Elena Magrini

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at how changes in the labour market and the…

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By Elena Magrini

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at economic inactivity in UK cities. The Centre for…

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