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The Place to Be?
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The Place to Be?
How social sciences are helping improve places in the UK



November 2021 | 89 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This Academy of Social Sciences report shows how UK social sciences are making powerful practical contributions to improving places – cities, regions, counties or countries – in the UK.  It includes 24 case studies highlighting how university-based social scientists are helping with place-based ‘levelling up’. It covers many different social science disciplines in all parts of the UK working on projects from the purely local to those that tackle issues that occur across the UK but that affect different areas or regions differently.  The examples are not about broader social science research or policy prescriptions but practical efforts to work with private sector businesses, local authorities and local health and education bodies and others to improve area-based disadvantage in the UK.

 
Executive Summary
 
Introduction
 
Case Studies
 
The Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence
 
Ageing in Newcastle
 
GMAP Analytics Ltd: Spatial Modelling & Retail Network Research
 
Strategy for Inward Investment to Birmingham
 
The Wales Centre for Public Policy
 
The Productivity Institute
 
Spatial Design Network Analysis
 
The Research Schools Network
 
West Midlands Region Economic & Development Institute
 
Tackling Paramilitarism & Criminality in Northern Ireland
 
Newcastle City Futures Urban Living Partnership Project
 
N8 Policing Research Partnership
 
Growing Kent & Medway
 
Fuel & Transport Poverty in the UK’s Energy Transition
 
Lifeguide: Online Support for Positive Health Behaviour Change
 
Geographic & Social Mobility of Higher Education Students in UK
 
Manchester, The Centripetal City
 
Smart Data Analytics for Business and Local Government
 
The Midlands Innovation Social Science Research Accelerator
 
Help to Grow: Management
 
Consumer Data Research Centre
 
Essex Catalyst Programme
 
LSE Cities Research Centre
 
University of Glasgow Top Up Programme

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