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How can central South’s city centres successfully survive change?

Our cities are facing many challenges: expensive and poor quality housing, greater social inequalities and rising crime are regular news topics. Our city centres, once the great gathering points for communities and home to markets, theatres, museums, and public services are now threatened by huge changes in how we shop and spend our leisure time. Blake Morgan wants to understand how cities in the Central South are responding to these challenges and have asked us to explore what the future…

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John Denham, Speaker at Realising the Potential of the Wider South East technical symposium organised by L&WSE Strategic Planning Network.

The symposium aims to facilitate a conversation between strategic thinkers on opportunities for collective research and collaboration, in particular the scope for adopting a wider and longer-term perspective and by joining up current sub-regional economic, planning and infrastructure initiatives. For more information and to watch the video of the event click here.

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Realising the Economic Potential of the Wider South East

Southern Policy Centre’s director, John Denham spoke in a seminar on October 25th 2019 about exploring the economic potential of the the wider South East. The event was organised and run by the London & Wider South East strategic planning network and Arup. It as supported by the Southern Policy Centre, Centre for London, and Design South East. Read the key messages below:

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Civic Universities and the central South

Dr Simon Eden There is a lively discussion about the role our universities have in the towns and cities they are part of. As local authorities and other public bodies are forced to cut back, so institutions like universities become more important in civic life. At the same time, Ministers have cautioned against “universities becoming disconnected from the wider world… [and] …seen as distant from their communities” (Sam Gyimah, Universities Minister, September 2018). Universities are of course educators, but they’re…

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