Population change in England since 1981: is an ‘urban renaissance’ really underway? (2008)

Author(s): Champion T

    Abstract: It is almost 10 years since the UK government published Towards an Urban Renaissance. This paper assesses the extent to which a turnaround in the fortunes of English cities has occurred in recent years, using population estimates for 1981-2006. Population change rates are compared over time for 56 cities defined on the principle of built-up urban area and for a 10-fold classification of England based on settlement size and regional location. In aggregate, urban England is found to have achieved a steady acceleration in growth over the 25-year period, but since the early 1990s this has merely been tracking the national trend with no diminution in the growth-rate gap with the faster growing towns and rural areas. Also, a major contrast exists between London and the principal regional centres.

      • Date: December 2008
      • Journal: Geocarrefour
      • Volume: 83
      • Issue: 2
      • Pages: 79-86
      • Publisher: Association des Amis de la Revue de Geographie de Lyon
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: UK demographics population change


      Professor Anthony Champion
      Senior Research Investigator