Research reports

This page lists recent public interest reports which are outputs from current or past research projects.

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Our most recent research report is How an ordinary place works: understanding Morriston (May 2019). This report presents argument and evidence about a district town with a population of 30,000 just north of Swansea, It develops new themes about the drivers of well-being and what matters to people.

This report on a district town is part of our ongoing work on Wales which is represented by earlier reports on the sub regional and Welsh national levels. What Wales Can Do (2017) concerns the sub regional economy of the Swansea Bay area. This follows up an earlier report on the Welsh national economy, What Wales Can Be (2015). Commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses (Wales). This 2015 report has had a major impact on the thinking of the political classes in Wales.

Two reports on the city region of Manchester are part of a broader concern with regional trajectories and innovative foundational service provision. policy.  From developer regeneration to civic futures (2018) sets Greater Manchester’s current choices in a historical context and argues that the city region is at the end of a trajectory of property led regeneration which has done very little for the mass of citizens. Our earlier Manchester transformed (2016) report was the first to document how a growth coalition of councils and property developers had promoted the overbuilding of 1-2 bed buy to let flats for young professionals in the city centre.

Other collective members are doing innovative work on their “home” regions. From Australia, we already have Peter Fairbrother’s report Doing things differently (2017) on regional strategy for Gippsland after brown coal. Collective members in Vienna and Brussels are involved in local debates and conflicts about land use which is a perennial big city issue.

Sectoral studies have been an important part of our output. Coming Back ( 2017) reported on the reshoring of UK textiles and, from late 2016. Previous U.K reports report results from what are, effectively, ongoing group projects. The 2016 report Where Does the Money Go is continued by Diane Burns’ project on Doing Care Differently in Sheffield.

How an ordinary place works: understanding Morriston (May 2019) Luca Calafati, Jill Ebrey, Julie Froud, Colin Haslam, Sukhdev Johal and Karel Williams

From developer regeneration to civic futures Report (August 2018) Julie Froud, Mike Hodson, Andy McMeekin, Anne Stafford, Pam Stapleton, Hua Wei, Karel Williams

What Wales Can Do: Asset Based Policies and the Foundational Economy (June 2017) Joe Earle, Julie Froud, Colin Haslam, Sukhdev Johal, Michael Moran and Karel Williams

Doing things differently: A strategy for the Gippsland region (April 2017) Amanda Coles, Peter Fairbrother, Natalie Jovanski, Fiona MacDonald, Val Prokopiv, Dominik Safari, Helen Scott and Karel Williams

Coming Back? Capability and Precarity in UK Textiles and Apparel (March 2017) Julie Froud, Steven Hayes, Hua Wei and Karel Williams

Manchester transformed: why we need a reset of city region policy (November 2016) Peter Folkman, Julie Froud, Sukdev Johal, John Tomaney and Karel Williams

Why we need social innovation in home care for older people Diane Burns, Joe Earle,Peter Folkman, Julie Froud, Paula Hyde, Sukhdev Johal, Ian Rees Jones, Anne Killett, Karel Williams (September 2016)

Where does all the money go? Financialised chains and the crisis in residential care. Diane Burns, Luke Cowie, Joe Earle, Peter Folkman, Julie Froud, Paula Hyde, Sukhdev Johal, Ian Rees Jones, Anne Killett, Karel Williams (March 2016)

What Wales could be (September 2015) Lucy Brill, Peter Folkman, Julie Froud, Sukdev Johal and Karel Williams