The UK has an inter- and intra-national productivity problem. Internationally we lag comparable G7 economics, and within the UK there is a 44% divergence between the most and least productive cities. This is a problem as productivity directly impacts wages and quality of life. Much research has helped guide solutions focused on economic policy, investment in R&D, investment in infrastructure, and skills. Less focus has been placed on the way our cities are designed, delivered and operated as mechanisms for locking-in or locking-out productive behaviour. This is a missed opportunity as vast amounts of capital are mobilised in regeneration activities and should improvements be made there will be direct positive impacts to citizens wellbeing.
We are looking for an intern to help us conduct research, this project will:
We expect this research to focus on a literature review supported by focus groups and interviews as required.
The research undertaken by our intern will contribute to the delivery of a whitepaper which clearly sets out the issue, the benefits for addressing the productivity puzzle and a number of practical steps that can be taken to improve the productivity of places supported by case study material.
This will be a paid internship for 10 weeks starting as soon as possible.