What does it take to “level up” places? Evidence from international experience

Abigail Taylor, Skye Sampson, Anna Romaniuk

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Levelling up places takes investment, time and leadership, but our research clearly shows it is possible.

This report considers international examples of effective place-based interventions that have led to “levelling up” and explores what can be learnt from how they design and implement place-based policies. Four international case study areas (Estonia, San Antonio, Greater Lille, and the Ruhr region) were selected based on their success in levelling up local economies and to provide a range of experience across different governance contexts.

This research identifies six “foundations” for levelling up. They are cross-cutting themes that underpin local economic growth in all case study areas: Scale and longevity of investments, Collaboration, Attractive Place to Live, Universities and Innovation, Transport and digital infrastructure, and Skills and future sectors.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIndustrial Strategy Council
Commissioning bodyIndustrial Strategy Council
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2021


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