On this page I am trying to provide links to various studies and reports on Cities – particularly in the field of their competitiveness and looking forwards their sustainability. Please let me know of ones that are worth adding.


Magnet Cities report by KPMG (added December 2014)

This looks at a number of medium sized cities – up to 1.2m in population and looks at how their economic performance has been turned around.

Web Page here  Download here

Hot Spots 2025 Benchmarking the future competitiveness of cities – 2013 The Economist Intelligence Unit

Download here


The Economic Case for Low Carbon Cities Stockholm Environment Institute, NCER (December 2014).  ‘Lead author Professor Andrew Gouldson of the University of Bristol said: “A low-carbon economy is a no-brainer from an economic point of view, as well as an environmental one. By implementing a range of low-carbon measures, cities could bring in billions of dollars of investments that would completely pay for themselves while delivering carbon savings of up to 34% of global energy-related emissions.’

Download here

Accessibility in Cities: Transport and Urban Form NCER LSE Cities

November 2014

A paper looking at Urban form, transportation and CO2 emissions

Download here

Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities August 2015 Another report under the New Climate Economy branding by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy hosted by the University of Leeds and the LSE

Download here


Innovation in Europe’s Cities. A report by LSE cities on the 2014 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2014 Mayor’s Challenge

Access here


A OECD LEED study on Local Economic Leadership July 2015 (Download here) which focusses on Amsterdam, Hamburg, Manchester and Stockholm. This looks at the challenges of current day city leadership including lack of powers/funding/  lack of correspondence of administrative boundaries with functional economic areas and the need for a more encompassing leadership to include a range of partners. Well worth a read. Or read this summary here


Unleashing Metro Growth City Growth Commission (October 2014) : A report arguing for far greater devolution of powers and funding to the major metropolitan areas in England

Web page here Download here

Cities and Public Policy  (August 2015) – A backcasting and forecasting look at policy towards Cities in the UK. Download here


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