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The population renaissance of British cities continues, but for how much longer?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion


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UK cities have seen a substantial population renaissance in recent years. The early stages of the English dimension of this turnaround were documented in work undertaken a decade ago for the State of the English Cities (SOTEC) report (Champion, 2006), but at that stage the process was seen to be patchy. Also, as much of it was associated with the growth in public sector employment, there have been questions over its long-term sustainability, especially after the post-recession cuts in government spending. This paper uses the mid-2014 population estimates now available for all four UK countries to examine the latest trends for the 64 cities recognised by the Centre for Cities and defined on the same ‘urban area’ basis as for Champion (2006). In particular, it examines whether this urban renaissance was able to continue through the years of recession and slow recovery. It breaks down population change since 2001 into its demographic components and uses this framework to assess what can be expected in the future.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Champion T

Editor(s): Regional Studies Association

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Great Transformation: Recasting Regional Policy. Regional Studies Association Winter Conference

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 45-47

Acceptance date: 14/10/2015

Publisher: Regional Studies Association