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17:00 - 19:30 19 November 2014

Cities as engines of economic growth - revisited


G10 | Chandler House (link Map)
2 Wakefield Street | Lon | WC1N 1PF | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

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Nigel Harris, Emeritus Professor of the Economics of the City, DPU, UCL
William (Billy) Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance
Le Yin Zhang, Senior Lecturer, DPU

The concept of ‘cities as engines of economic growth’ has become ubiquitous since the 1990s. However, when Nigel Harris first raised the economic significance of cities in the mid-1970s, it was a seen as outlandish in an international development context where all the focus was on rural development. This panel revisits the origin of this idea and critically reflects on its strengths and weaknesses for guiding public policy debates and policy making and how these have evolved. In particular, it will explore the evolution of City Development Strategies (CDS) as a policy tool and the trajectory of a related development programme, the Cities Alliance (CA). The panel will conclude with reflections on the debates and value of the concept in the contemporary context.


Matthew Wod-Hill
+44 (0)20 7679 1111 | matthew.wod-hill@ucl.ac.uk


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