Articles and other material

This page provides an introduction to the detailed work 3LE has undertaken since 2009 with links to both on-line material and papers uploaded to the 3LE database. Obviously work that is delivered to specific clients remains private to and owned by them until such time as they make it publicly available. However, 3LE is able to present:

  • Industrial and innovation strategies

    – with the requirements to produce Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) in 2018/19, and an almost universal ambition to foster a high-value knowledge-based economy, have a look at 3LE’s current work on LIS’s in mayoral, non-mayoral and EU contexts; three generic briefings on the topic; work on smart specialisation (as one approach to LIS formulation) undertaken in the middle of the decade; and a number of specific sector and functional studies.

  • Enhanced devolution and place-based leadership

    – supporting clients with city and local growth deals, and with devolution agreements has been one of the major areas of work since late 2012. Making the new intermediate tiers of sub-national leadership and governance work (including recent commissions with the two largest Mayoral Combined Authorities) has to be rooted in medium and longer-term visions of the sort of places we wish to become.

  • Universities and anchor institutions

    – the importance of universities to the places where they are located was fully explored in the flagship report of the University of Warwick Chancellor’s Commission on 2015-16. However, 3LE is now taking this much further forward – testing and developing the whole basis of anchor institution theories and practice.

Further subject-based material of this character shall be uploaded in the coming weeks. But I have been delighted to produce a number of series of both academic and policy literature.

My academic portfolio…

… is summarized and signposted in the hyperlink above. It includes landmark work with CURDS on decentralization, and the first comprehensive LEP audit in 2012-13; pieces on smart specialization, internationalization, and the ‘long march’ or regional cities, in addition to the universities and place-based material mentioned above.

I am proud to be a longstanding associate of LGIU, producing over 40 briefings for local authorities and partners on key policy issues such as local growth, devolution, evidence-based policy-making and a breadth of other topics. Although behind the paywall, you can get a sense of the portfolio through the hyperlink. You can always contact me if you wish to obtain further details.