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What we do

The Centre seeks to identify practical ways to increase productivity and enhance shared prosperity. Our research programme covers four broad and interlinking areas, each of which assumes a national and local lens:

Trade and Competitiveness


Sustainable Public Finances


Strategic Economic Infrastructure


Public Services, Welfare and Skills


How we work

To maximise the impact of our work on the ground, the Centre brings together a focus on:

  • High quality analysis to develop policy recommendations fully, identifying through robust quantitative and qualitative research key barriers to system change;
  • Engagement and advocacy, co-designing research programmes with policymakers to develop pragmatic solutions and maximise the real world value of our work; and,
  • Implementation, working with stakeholders – including national and local government, business and civil society – to navigate technical, political and institutional complexity to achieve outcomes.

Latest Research

Opposition to Melrose’s bid for GKN is misdirected as wider corporate governance issues raised

Melrose’s hostile bid for GKN is not your typical takeover that exercises the mainstream media and general public. It is not the merger of two similar companies raising competition concerns and threatening jobs. More importantly it is not a foreign takeover where jobs may be moved abroad, national security threatened, or national pride dented. Despite […]

The Progressive Company Citizen

  The idea that business can be at the heart of an inclusive society, driven on the path towards social progress by a dynamic market, without undue exploitation, maximising shared economic and social benefits, must be central to any definition of progressive capitalism. It’s the theme of my new book, ‘The Company Citizen’. Progressive thinkers […]

The Challenges of Pathways Analysis

Skills analyst Andy Norman outlines the challenges of doing labour market analysis at the pathway level

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