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Southern Policy Centre regularly publishes reports and research material, and we also hold seminars, conferences and other events:


Devolution: strategy for the central South

The development of a strategy for the central South, sponsored by Barker Mill Estates is a key component of our work. There is a need to persuade government that our region is critical for the entire UK but has challenges of its own. The Southern Policy Centre provides analysis and support to local authorities to help them plan for the right devolved powers. We also work with businesses, the third sector and citizen-led initiatives which means working with everyone in…

Tomorrow’s City Centre

Tomorrow’s City Centre A project in partnership with Blake Morgan On November 20th 2020, Blake Morgan and the Southern Policy Centre launched their research report exploring the future of the central South’s city centres. We were joined by Andrew Carter from the Centre for Cities and over 100 participants from across the region – representing councils, businesses and the community. Our report and the lively discussion at its launch demonstrated there is a real appetite for continuing a broad and…

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth   In June 2020 following a series of consultative seminars, the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) published a short policy paper on Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth which sought to identify the key issues facing the central South when lockdown is eased and we move into a new economic environment.  We heard a wealth of evidence of how city and town centres are being re-shaped, innovative steps are being taken…

Rural Communities

Rural Communities Rural communities are under pressure, whether from declining populations, reducing services or an ageing population. Yet they are an integral part of how we see our place, making the central South of England a unique area to live, work and visit. This project, sponsored by the Cadland Estate and Southern Policy Centre, in partnership with Drawnalism, aims to explore what the future holds for our rural communities: how they might evolve, the opportunities rural life can offer and the steps we need to…

Help us to move on!

Our report for the Blagrave Trust outlining practical policy recommendations to address some of the issues facing young people in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton can be read below. People aged 16 to 25 have done most of their growing up in the shadow of the 2008 financial crisis, austerity, and (at the time of writing) nearly three years of Brexit uncertainty. This report into the problems facing young people in Hampshire was commissioned by the Blagrave Trust and carried out…

Poverty: Deprivation in the South

Despite its perceived affluence relative to other parts of the UK, pockets of severe multiple deprivation exist across the South Coast region. This research offers a timely corrective to over-simplistic ideas of an English North-South divide by highlighting the significance of ‘hidden’ deprivation in affluent areas. It also provides some depth and nuance to our understanding of the broader effects of deprivation, which is relevant to the ongoing debate about the ‘left behind’ in Britain and the drivers of social…

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