Positive Progressive Placemaking in The Most
Complex and Challenging of Times.
Third Life Economics seeks to shape current debates, policy and practice of sub-national development – sometimes nations, more often regions, cities, districts, towns and communities.
Much of our work is posted publicly to provide a starting point for discussions and decision-making about how places plan and manage disruptive change. This page introduces you to some of our key content.
The rise of ‘big government’ and a new centralisation through the pandemic and Brexit is now a defining feature facing sub-national and place-based UK leadership teams.
We ‘tell it as it is’ and deliver practical support to those trying to navigate and steer their way through this often inconsistent and bewildering context.
With a significant track record in post-crisis turnaround and recovery management. Third Life Economics was one of the first practitioners to apply international disaster and crisis management approaches to the post-COVID-19, post-Brexit context in the UK.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is a gamechanger for places worldwide.
Third Life Economics has recently published a suite of papers for the Institute for Economic Development that begins to elaborate how local economic strategy itself needs to change to be fit for purpose in the new global and national context.
Positive Progressive Place-Making
Third Life Economics majors on supporting and enabling great leadership of place. PPP – published May 2020 – is a major handbook of agendas for place-based leadership teams.
It presents insights and lessons from 3LE’s first decade that may be relevant and important for current and future challenges and opportunities. Find and download your copy here.
News and Articles
What do Green Belt, Migration, and Apprenticeships have in common? Well – they all feature in our May round up of current affairs. And
If you have ever grappled with why your local universities seem to spend more time chasing overseas students, focusing on national league tables, and
How do Investment Zones fit into the history and current government appetite for incentive-driven area-based initiatives?
On the latest episode of LED Confidential, Mike Spicer and I are joined by Pete Tyler, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Cambridge. They
Join me for my regular podcast about local economic development and placemaking. Co-hosted by Mike Spicer of Policy Department, and together with guests, we address the divisive, often unspoken issues facing economic development professionals in 2020s Britain.
Can inner-city densification and a new urban quarter for Cambridge get England out of its house building funk? Are large public subsidies for battery plants, like the proposed Tata Gigafactory factory in Somerset, the right way to modernise local economies? And what are the barriers to the tech revolution in public service delivery proposed by the Tony Blair Institute? Join David and Mike as they mull over another month in local economic development…