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Stop doing helicopter research in UK communities


Regional universities need to take back control of research for policymaking, says Paul Crawshaw

From the Northern Powerhouse to Levelling Up, each new Westminster government wants to put its imprint on regional development. But where do these ideas come from? Who proposes, tests and evaluates them? Does anyone know who they benefit?

When it comes to research on regional policy—whether on health, housing, education or the economy—you can bet that nearly all the ideas and people will have come out of Westminster.  

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