Writing some 30 years ago, in her classic study on 'Cities and the wealth of nations', the celebrated North American urbanist Jane Jacobs argued that nations are not the basic economic units, rather cities are.
As part of our evidence-gathering, the lead expert group and project team has engaged with a number of UK cities to hear directly from them about their views on the future.
Sir Mark Walport recently travelled to Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster, accompanied by lead expert Rachel Cooper and the Future of Cities team, to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by the cities in the coming decades.
Sir Mark Walport and the Future of Cities team recently visited Liverpool to discuss the project. As part of this, we took a tour of the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and talked to students and teachers