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New Approaches to Local and Regional Development in the UK and China

The aims of the proposed seminars therefore are:

  • to exchange research and evidence on the new forms of regional policy aimed at addressing regional imbalances in the UK (and EU) and China
  • to bring these developments to the attention of policymakers in the UK (and EU) and China
  • to consolidate an emerging international research network and identify potential for future collaboration.

The key research questions to be addressed in the seminars will be:

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of past and existing public policies in relation addressing spatial inequalities in the UK and China?
  • To what extent can policy innovation in this field be usefully exchanged between the UK (and EU) and China?
  • How useful are the concepts of “spatially-blind” versus “place-based” approaches as a guide to developing public policy interventions in the field of regional development?
  • What constitutes best practice in local and regional development strategy in the UK (and EU) and China and how transferable are these?