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New research project to investigate ‘Levelling up’ for ‘Left Behind Places’ in France, Germany and the UK

Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) is leading a new international research project to investigate ‘levelling up’ for ‘left behind places’ in France, Germany and the UK.

A new research project is investigating ‘left behind places’ in France, Germany and the UK and the potential for ‘levelling up’ policies to address their predicaments.

Social and spatial inequalities between and within core and peripheral regions have re-emerged as a major economic and political issue in developed economies. Such divisions have generated economic and social discontent and growing levels of political support for populist and nationalist parties in peripheral regions, particularly certain old industrial areas.

This turmoil fuelled the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US as well as support for the Rassemblement National (National Rally) and Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) in France and the Alternative für Deutschland in Germany. In response, researchers, commentators and politicians have voiced concerns about the places 'left behind' by globalisation, technological and economic change. National governments across the world are seeking to address the problem of ‘left behind places’ such as the UK Government and its ‘levelling up’ agenda.

This project aims to get behind the label of ‘left behind places’ to reveal the different experiences and development paths of people and places. The research will compare the experiences of ‘left behind places’ in France, Germany and the UK in their western European context and examine the impacts of policies to address their plight.

Based in CURDS, the research is led by Professor Danny MacKinnon and involves Professor Rachel Franklin and Professor Andy Pike. It is funded by the ESRC’s Open Research Area initiative and involves partners at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Leibniz-InstitutfürLänderkunde) in Leipzig, Germany, and University of Strasbourg, France.

More details are available on the CURDS/project website https://research.ncl.ac.uk/beyondleftbehindplaces/. For further information, please contact the project leader Professor Danny MacKinnon Danny.MacKinnon@newcastle.ac.uk.

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