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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 is a key component of our work and SPC has provided a neutral space for debate.  Read our publications here.

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…

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth Click here to read “Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth” June 2020 Click here to read “Recovery in the central South: an update” March 2021 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…

Living Well

Living Well Southern Policy Centre has been exploring the health and well-being of communities in the central South: what will allow everyone to enjoy full and active lives. In a series of three seminars hosted jointly with the University of Winchester, we aimed to encourage a wider discussion and debate about our society and how we can secure a better life for all. The first seminar in 2018 discussed how our society’s demographic make-up is changing, with a growing proportion…

Rural Communities

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…

Working with young people

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…

Higher Education

Can Graduates fuel recovery in the central South? Higher Education Improving education and developing skills for all are vital to a prosperous central South. SPC specialises in improving public policy making in these areas and has worked closely with Higher Education institutions, schools, local authorities, employers and Local Enterprise Partnerships to address key issues: Why are significantly less than expected young people going to university in areas across the south, and how do you tackle this local differentiation? How do…

Immigration

Immigration Immigration is one of the most topical issues in Southampton. On Saturday 13th December 2014, local citizens attended the Southampton Conversation to discuss immigration policy with fellow citizens and experts. After all, everyone has a view on immigration. What we found was that people’s views changed after becoming better informed and more engaged with the issues. And people even developed their own policies to tackle some of the issues raised. This was the first in our new Deliberative Polling project. At…

Poverty: Deprivation in the South

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. The 2018 report ‘Making ends meet: The lived experience of poverty in the south’ 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…

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