Research reports

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

The collective’s researchers have been active in the Covid-19 pandemic:

What Comes after the Pandemic? (March 2020) proposes a ten-point platform for foundational renewal after the pandemic; it is available in five languages and was  downloaded 15,000 times in the months after publication

When Systems Fail (June 2020) explains how and why NHS hospital and public laboratory systems lacked buffers and surge capacity. And, after hyper innovation, foundational renewal depends on a new kind of care-ful practice of policy

What matters (July 2020) is a short report, available in Welsh and English, based on a survey of a small North Welsh  town which shows hoe the early months of lock down brought the community together

Scroll down to view and download a full list of other recent reports.

How an ordinary place works: understanding Morriston (May 2019) presents argument and evidence about a district town with a population of 30,000 just north of Swansea, It presents new evidence about a liveable, low income community formatted around car use where social infrastructure (like park, library and youth clubs) are valued highly by citizens

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 Could 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.  Previous U.K reports, like Where Does the Money Go (2016)  on adult residential care, report results from what are, effectively, ongoing group projects.

What matters: a north Wales community in the early months of the COVID-19 lockdown (July 2020)  Lowri Cunnington Wynn, Julie Froud and Karel Williams

When Systems Fail: UK acute hospitals and public health after Covid-19 (June 2020), Julie Froud, Colin Haslam. Sukhdev Johal and Karel Williams

What Comes after the Pandemic? – A ten-point platform for foundational renewal (March 2020) Foundational Economy Collective.

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 (September 2016) Diane Burns, Joe Earle,Peter Folkman, Julie Froud, Paula Hyde, Sukhdev Johal, Ian Rees Jones, Anne Killett, Karel Williams

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

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