Internship/ Summer placement - Sustainable Places, Manchester or London

About the Role

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:

  • Review the current approaches to real estate economic analysis of productivity.
  • Undertake a literature review of the linkages between productivity and cities.
  • Work to explain these linkages in the plainest English.
  • Liaise with key clients (internal and external) who are involved in the development, masterplanning and planning of new cities and neighbourhoods.
  • Develop a suite of key focus areas for developers and authorities wishing to improve the productivity potential of new development.

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.

WSP in the UK

Future ready

About You

Desirable Skills

  • Interest in cities, urban planning and productivity.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • A “can-do” attitude and good writing/ communication skills.

About Us

This will be a paid internship for 10 weeks starting as soon as possible.


Opportunity Overview

  • Closing Date: Today
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Accepting: All grades
  • Opportunity: Work Placement / Internship
  • Placement Duration: Summer
  • Location: Chancery Lane, London

Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemistry
  • Civil
  • Computer Science
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science
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How To Apply

Job ID Number: ECP00406

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