LIPSIT Delivering Levelling-Up Report  

September 2021 

This second major report from the LIPSIT project draws together a wide range of evidence collected during our two-year investigation. The report mobilises the project’s findings on regional institutions and regional economies in order to assess the potential for delivering ‘levelling up’ in the UK. It argues that if the UK government attempts to deliver levelling up without fixing the problems in subnational governance, it would be analogous to turning on the taps without fixing the pipes, and watching vast resources leak away in a highly inefficient system.

This LIPSIT Policy Briefing Note provides a high level summary of our research and recommendations to support the UK Government’s ambition to deliver ‘levelling up’.

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Click here to read the policy briefing note

The Conversation Article – ‘What actually is ‘levelling up’? What we know about Boris Johnson’s agenda – and what we don’t 

23 July 2021 – Jack Newman, LIPSIT Research Fellow 

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The Conversation Article – ‘Levelling up: the quarrel over who gets funding is a sideshow to much bigger obstacles’ 

March 2021 – Nigel Gilbert, LIPSIT Principal Investigator and Nigel Driffield, LIPSIT Co-Investigator

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LIPSIT Achieving Levelling-Up Report 

November 2020

The Achieving Levelling-Up report [published 18 November 2020] identifies a number of problems with the current system for managing local economic policy, and suggests a new framework in which levelling-up should be possible.

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Click here to read Appendix 1: Additional Evidence for England

Click here to read Appendix 2: Supplementary Findings for England

Click here to read Appendix 3: Supplementary Findings for Wales

Click here to read Appendix 4a: Ruhr Valley Case Study

Click here to read Appendix 4b: Valencia Case Study

Click here to read the press release 

Click here to view a recording of the launch event

LIPSIT Regional Case Study Profiles

July 2020 – Dr Charlotte Hoole, LIPSIT Co-Investigator and Dr Ananya Mukherjee, LIPSIT Research Associate

As part of Stage 2 of the LIPSIT Project (secondary data analysis), profiles have been compiled for the following eight regions:

  1. Worcestershire LEP Profile
  2. Enterprise M3 LEP Profile
  3. Humber LEP Profile
  4. Cardiff Capital Region
  5. North East CA profile
  6. West Midlands CA
  7. Tees Valley CA
  8. Black Country LEP Profile

These regional profiles provide a detailed account of the regional context, devolved structure, performance targets and key data relating to innovation, business, infrastructure, people, place and the environment for each of our case study areas.

LIPSIT Policy Briefing: Prosperity, Inclusivity and Sustainability across UK Regions

April 2020 – Dr Charlotte Hoole and Prof. Simon Collinson, LIPSIT Co-Investigators

This policy briefing reports on a study to assess economic growth, inclusivity and sustainability across UK regions in terms of both current performance (in 2018) and change in performance (between 2013 and 2018).

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