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About citypolicy

Interested in what makes cities and regions dynamic, competitive and sustainable. I blog in a personal capacity. I work for Arup as Director, Cities Advisory. I was previously with Leeds City Council as Chief Economic Development Officer.

Meeting the Smart City challenge in an era of global change

This is the text of the keynote presentation I gave at the University of Leeds Business School Festival of Ideas on 28th February 2018. Introduction Thank you for all making the journey to be here today, battling the snow and … Continue reading

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – the Implications for Cities and Transport Systems

Earlier this week we convened a group of transport and cities experts and decision makers to discuss advances being made with Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and their implications for our cities. The group, which met at Arup in Leeds, was represented … Continue reading

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The UK Cities Agenda in 2018 – Infrastructure and Technology

Following on from my post last week with my thoughts on the big city policy issues for the year ahead. Here are my predictions of the big Infrastructure and Technology issues for UK cities for the rest of 2018. Technological change is impacting … Continue reading

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The UK Cities Policy Agenda in 2018

These are my predictions of what will be big policy issues for UK cities agenda in 2018. Future posts will look at the likely big issues for infrastructure and technology, and regeneration and housing. I am a bit late with … Continue reading

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Let’s regain our confidence as a profession

A version of this article appeared in The Planner magazine (the RTPI’s business monthly magazine for planning professionals), February 2017. The Planning Under Pressure (The Planner, December 2016) article reflected how downtrodden many in the planning profession feel. The finger … Continue reading

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Brexit has always been a Marmite issue, now Marmite is a Brexit issue

The phenomenal post referendum plunge in the value of Sterling led to the short lived stand-off between Unilever and Tesco. The dispute was over the extent to which increased import costs should be passed on to customers for products such … Continue reading

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Disruption and Distributed Ledgers

There is increasing interest in the huge potential for distributed ledger technologies to disrupt business, drive innovation and create new economic opportunities for places. A recent report by the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor highlights the significant implications and opportunities of … Continue reading

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