Mike Emmerich is a director at Metro Dynamics, a company which advises cities on urban economic policy and governance. Prior to this, he was chief executive of New Economy in Manchester, the UK’s leading centre of excellence on city economic policy, strategy and research, now part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He initiated the Manchester Independent Economic Review. He was later responsible for developing and negotiating the Greater Manchester devolution deals. He has developed urban strategy throughout the UK as well as in France, Italy, Latvia and the USA working as an expert adviser to the OCED and others. He has also previously worked at HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, where he was a Senior Adviser the Prime Minster on related issues. He sits on the Research Committee of the ESRC and is a member of the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE and is a policy fellow of CSaP at Cambridge University. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors at the Royal Northern College of Music and on the Director of Manchester Camerata and the Tutor Trust.
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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?