The PhD project will examine the dynamics of city-regions in Wales and make comparisons with those in England and those globally that are governed at multiple levels. The approach will fuse the insights of cultural political economy and agglomeration economics in combination with economic modelling techniques innovative at this spatial scale to shed light on the following research questions:
Why have city-regions been introduced in Wales and can they improve economic growth?
What is the relationship between city-regions and their hinterland geographies?
What is the relationship of a city’s material-physical structure to its economic performance?
How to intra-city region flows of workers, wages, goods and services, as well as the flow of exogenous capital, impact on the (un)eveness of economic outcomes across space
In what ways does the conceptual paradigm underlying economic policy drive uneven outcomes across space and society?