Universities and Placemaking

Universities and Placemaking: Engaging universities in regional and local growth and development has become an increasing priority for both national government and sub-national leadership teams at all levels of geography. Yet their involvement and impacts remain highly variable and controversial.

Third Life Economics has been at the forefront of the definition and delivery of civic and engaged universities with the places and regions in which they are located. A sample of our published work – some with colleagues and partners – is signposted below.

Read two major practitioner reports, a policy briefing and one recent book chapter that suggest how universities can engage more purposefully and effectively with the places and communities which host them.


How a global research-intensive university can reset its roles and impacts in its city and region – introducing new important approaches for placemaking universally – Download

Universities and Placemaking - Inclusive-growth

Realising the potential university dividends that can transform urban living and progress smart, future, inclusive cities informed by eight major English case-studies. Download

Universities and post-COVID-19 strategic recovery planning

Considering how to play in your local universities to place-based strategic recovery planning in the aftermath of the pandemic. Read More

‘What next for placemaking? A checklist for local leadership teams’

Chapter in influential book on the civic university as a key player in how civil society addresses the biggest societal challenges of our time – Download