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A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.


Geography & Place

Geography & Place

The low productivity levels of some regions or areas of the UK, and the consequent disparities in income and broader wellbeing, are widely documented. There are lessons to be learned concerning the effectiveness of local economic development strategies, infrastructure investment, land use and housing policy, educational and social interventions, and their interactions.

Theme lead

Professor Philip McCann


Professor Anthony Venables
Professor Anthony Rafferty 


Dr Patricia Rice
Assistant Professor Steven Bond-Smith
Miriam Fritzsche
Professor Nikolaus Wolf
Ana Rincon-Aznar (when at NIESR)