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Economics and Society

Will Rossiter, Associate Professor of Regional Policy and Development, and previously Head of Strategy and Research at the East Midlands Development Agency, is involved in multiple projects in this sphere of research activity.

Midlands Engine

Will Rossiter has been a leading contributor to research undertaken by the Midlands Engine on the economies of the Midlands since the establishment of the Midlands Engine Observatory in 2018. This included contributions to the first independent economic assessment of the Midlands and a number of ad hoc research projects.

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GREEN, A., ROSSITER, W., TAYLOR, A., HOOLE, C., RILEY, R., KARAGOUNIS, K. and PUGH, A., 2021. Mapping the architecture of economic development policy and strategy across the Midlands Engine pan-region. Nottingham: Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

PATES, R., DELAHUNTY, L., DWIGHT, D., GARDNER, B., GREEN, A., PATEL, S., RILEY, R., ROSS, D. and ROSSITER, W., 2020. The Midlands Engine Independent Economic Review: a final report to the Midlands Engine Partnership. Birmingham: Midlands Engine Economic Observatory.

GREEN, A. and ROSSITER, W., 2019. Geographical scales and functions: the case of the Midlands Engine. Birmingham: Midlands Engine Partnership/Midlands Engine Economic Observatory.

Local economy research and policy advice

CEPPM researchers undertake a wide range of research relating to aspects of local economic development.

A new local economic impact of covid-19 estimation tool in collaboration with the D2N2 Local Enterprise partnership:  the link. The economic impact of the pandemic on local authority areas in the UK is the focus of a dashboard created by researchers at Nottingham Business School and the D2N2 LEP. Forming one of the few sources of (near-)real-time, localised and forward-looking economic datasets in the UK, the tool is intended to help users consider potential spatial variations in impact and what this could mean for the timing of recovery in different places. The dashboard uses the publicly available Decision Maker Panel (DMP) data - a monthly gauge of private sector employment, sales and investment by sector - combined with the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), which provides data on sector-specific employment at a local level. The dashboard is updated on a monthly basis in line with DMP data releases.

KARAGOUNIS, K. and ROSSITER, W., 2022. Creative and digital industries in Nottingham: a sector analysis of Nottingham and the Creative Quarter. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.

ROSSITER, W., THOMPSON, P. and KARAGOUNIS, K., 2020. Economic evidence to inform recovery planning in the wake of Covid-19: a discussion paper for Nottinghamshire County Council. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University, p. 27.

Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19

This project examined COVID-19 impacts on voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. In particular, it focused on providing real-time data about how the pandemic impacted voluntary organisations working-practices, operations, finances and their responses. The project was developed as a collaboration between CPWOP and CEPPM.

Will Rossiter designed and managed the monthly barometer survey of VCSE organisations and developed a data dashboard in order to disseminate the results.

The Biotechnology sector and regional development

A long-term programme involving researchers from across NBS undertaking both externally commissioned contract research and academic research. This project has examined the rise of a notable biotechnology cluster in Nottingham and related developments in other regions.

ROSSITER, W. and SMITH, D.J., 2020. Knocking on the door: policy, agency and path creation in the post-industrial city. European Planning Studies. ISSN 0965-4313

SMITH, D.J., ROSSITER, W. and MCDONALD-JUNOR, D., 2017. Adaptive capability and path creation in the post-industrial city: the case of Nottingham’s biotechnology sector. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 10 (3), pp. 491-508. ISSN 1752-1378

ROSSITER, W., SMITH, D.J., PAUTZ, N. and MCDONALD-JUNOR, D., 2018. Biotechnology, life sciences and skills in D2N2: a report for Learn Direct and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. Nottingham: Economic Strategy Research Bureau, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Evaluation studies

CEPPM researchers also undertake evaluation research projects for a variety of external organisations.

SMITH, S., STUART, J., KING, D., LOGUE, C., ROSSITER, W. and VAHIDI, G., 2021. Evaluation of the DCMS 50+ volunteering programme: final report. September 2021. Nottingham: Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.


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UK Competitiveness Index

Piers Thompson, Professor of Local and Regional Economic Development, is likewise engaged in external activity in the sphere of local and regional economic development, in particular through the UK Competitiveness Index (UKCI).

Co-authored by Piers Thompson, the UKCI provides a benchmarking of the competitiveness of the UK’s localities and it has been designed to be an integrated measure of competitiveness focusing on both the development and sustainability of businesses and the economic welfare of individuals. A list of past reports can be found on the Centre for International Competitiveness website. A wide range of local enterprise development reports produced by local authorities and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have drawn on the UKCI. Tailored reports based on the UKCI have been completed for Swindon and Wiltshire LEP; D2N2 LEP; Nottinghamshire County Council; and Cardiff Council.

The UK Competitiveness Index (UKCI) provides a useful benchmarking of competitiveness based on an integrated measure of competitiveness focusing on both the development and sustainability of businesses and the economic welfare of individuals.

Falmouth 2030: Falmouth Area Coastal Economic Plan Update No1 June 2016

In preparing the strategy for the ESIF for Swindon and Wiltshire, we have looked at the economic competitiveness of the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area drawing mainly on data published in the 2013 edition of the UK Competitiveness Index (UKCI)…

Swindon and Wilshire LEP European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy 2014 – 2020