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Pioneering research centre celebrates 40th anniversary

Newcastle University’s pioneering Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) has just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Since it was established in 1977, CURDS has led the way in research, policy and practice in the field of urban and regional development.

CURDS research on the role of universities in cities has played a pivotal role in developing the concept of the civic university, which is now being taken forward by several higher education institutions in the UK and internationally and by higher education policy makers across the globe.

CURDS has also influenced successive governments in the UK and beyond on economic policy and urban and regional development. It has played a key role in developing the concept of city regions, which has since been adopted by the UK and Australian government among others.

The expertise of CURDS researchers was brought to bear in a key report prepared for the JRF (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) in 2016. The report examined the extent to which towns and cities in northern England are lagging behind the national average in terms of employment rates, levels of highly-qualified workers, the number and type of full-time jobs, net migration rates, and population change.

As the culmination of year-long celebration of 40 years of CURDS a panel discussion took place on 18 October. Speakers included representatives from local authorities, planners, engineers and academics from the UK, China, USA, Europe and Singapore.

Learn more about the history of CURDS in their 40th anniversary booklet.

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