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Catching the wave: harnessing regional research and development to level up

  • 21 October 2021
  • By Mary Stuart and Liz Shut
  • HEPI number 144

Policymakers from across the political spectrum are committed to reducing regional inequalities and spending more on research and development. But there is a lack of detail as well as no consensus on how to deliver on these two priorities. There is also some confusion over how R&D policy and regional policy should relate to one another in the future.

This paper, produced in conjunction with GatenbySanderson, makes firm proposals on how to implement a new approach that are rooted in three successful case studies from around the world – in the UK (Lincoln), the US (San Diego) and Sweden (Värmland).

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