Our latest thinking on the issues that matter most in economic and social development through our Viewpoint series, and our latest published reports. Our older Viewpoint ‘thought piece’ publications are available from the archive.


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May 2020
Over recent years, the future of towns has attracted much debate. This Viewpoint argues that the current COVID-19 crisis makes the focus on towns more, not less, important. It also considers how towns might use the tools that have been made available to them to define a new and stronger future.
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April 2020
Our chapter in the recently-published book, Productivity Perspectives, reviewed the changes in aspects of productivity policy from 1997 to 2018. It traced the overarching narrative associated with productivity policy, and focussed in on policies relating to innovation, business support, skills and regional development.
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March 2020
SQW’s study into the economic and wider benefits of the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (previously known as the Rainbow Seed Fund) has been published.
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March 2020
Research England, alongside several partners, commissioned SQW to conduct a literature review on the concept of the entrepreneurial university ecosystem, develop a high level conceptual model of a ‘general’ entrepreneurial ecosystem, and produce a technical note outlining the options available to compile further evidence.
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September 2019
SQW's research into the crossover between the work of English cultural organisations and higher education institutions has been published by Arts Council England.
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September 2019
Government Equalities Office funded the ‘Return to Practice’ programme to support Allied Health Professionals and Health Care Scientists who want to return to work. The programme operated between August 2017 and March 2019. SQW evaluated this activity and produced a report which was published by the GEO.
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