Eleri Jones joined Space Syntax as an associate in 2016 to lead the Urban Policy and Foresight team. This team was set up to support the strategic development and growth of the company through research and stakeholder engagement activities. In addition, the team leads on the development and delivery of the company marketing and communications strategy. Prior to this, she led the Foresight Future of Cities project in the UK Government Office for Science. This three-year, interdisciplinary research project examined the opportunities and challenges facing UK cities over the coming 50 years and developed tools to support policy makers in taking resilient decisions about the future of their city. She also led the Foresight Future Identities project and held a variety of posts in the Cabinet Office and Department for Communities and Local Government whilst she was completing the UK government’s Fast Stream development programme.
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Research programmes have created a major evidence base and policy proposals about cities to 2050. What happens to this research? What might be done to improve the research/ policy-making process?