The British Academy has produced a briefing paper to offer a fresh perspective on the Northern Powerhouse.
The report authors are Simin Davoudi, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning and Director of the Global Urban Research Unit, Newcastle University; Roger Turner, Knowledge Exchange Facilitator for Rural Enterprise UK and Honorary Fellow at Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University; and Guy Garrod, Reader in Environmental Economics and Director of the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University.
The paper presents a case for a balanced and spatially inclusive vision for the Northern Powerhouse, which acknowledges and supports the economic, social and environmental contributions of its non-metropolitan (small towns and rural communities) areas. The paper aims to redress the balance by presenting evidence of the contribution and qualities of the north of England’s non-metropolitan areas, and by providing recommendations for ways in which they can be harnessed, strengthened and embedded across the north.
This work follows an 18-month project on place-based policymaking, Where We Live Now, which was chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds honFBA (Master, Emmanuel College, Cambridge) and Deborah Lamb (Deputy Chief Executive, Historic England). The project sought to bring policy relating to place under the spotlight, asking what does it mean to people, at what scale do people relate to place, and is there a way we can use this understanding to improve the design and delivery of policy across different regions of the UK?
This work also relates to the Academy’s Governing England programme - a multi-disciplinary programme which considers developments in parliament, government, and the political parties - all areas where we can ask whether England and Englishness is emerging as something distinct and visible within the Union. It will also look at changes to the governance of England’s cities and regions, considering the implications for the constitution as a whole, and the relationship between institutional change and political identity at the regional level.