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Creating the UK socio-economic scenarios for climate resilience

Paula Harrison, Simona Pedde and Zuzana Harmáčková from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) provide the latest update on the ongoing UK-SSPs project. They share more about what socio-economic scenarios are, why they are important and introduce the five UK socio-ec…

The impact of technological change on skills

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Terence Hogarth is Senior Advisor at Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and has over 30 years’ experience of carrying out research on vocational education and training in the UK and the EU. 
Terence is this month’s guest blogger and writes for us about the impact that technology …

Does productivity necessarily increase with city size?

In his second guest blogpost Ron Martin, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Cambridge explores whether the productivity of Britain’s northern cities would improve by substantially expanding their size, or seeking to merge them into a single very large city.
One of…

The geographical dimension of the productivity problem

By Ron Martin, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Cambridge
In his budget speech (24 November, 2017), the Chancellor of the Exchequer made much of the need to raise national productivity.

Since 2007, and the onset of the financial crisis, productivity growth in t…

The tyranny of the present and how to avoid it

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By Dr James Derbyshire, Senior Research Fellow at Middlesex University
In both our professional and personal lives, what is most available and prominent in our mind’s eye is what is already true, as represented by the present situation. Because of this availability of the pres…