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CRESR

Regeneration and economic development

We have a longstanding interest in researching and evaluating regeneration and economic development programmes. Our staff have national and international reputations in these areas, and many act in an advisory capacity to national and local government.

Through our wide-ranging work, we research deprived areas and populations, and the drivers and impacts of community involvement and participation. We evaluate programmes and projects that aim to support regeneration and community development, and assess their impact.

In 2010, we completed the ten-year evaluation of the New Deal for Communities initiative on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government. It was the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of an area-based initiative ever commissioned in the UK.

In the field of economic development, we look at local and regional economies, and what may be the drivers for economic development in a given context. We evaluate programmes and projects that aim to promote economic growth, and assess their impact on geographic areas and communities. Our research has informed EU, national, regional and local strategy and policy.

Examples of our work include

  • an assessment of schemes promoting higher level skills as a basis for improved economic performance
  • a review of rural community-based social enterprises as a basis for reviving village economies
  • a study of the economic links between coalfield areas undergoing regeneration and neighbouring cities
  • an estimate of the scale and nature of the seaside tourism industry
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Linking infrastructure development and poverty reduction

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2014

The project looked at how the employment opportunities arising from infrastructure development can be targeted at households in poverty.

The project team was led by Aidan While (University of Sheffield).


The State of the Former Coalfields: Benchmarking Study

Project Director: Dr Tony Gore
Project Duration: 2014

A study exploring current characteristics and conditions in former coalfield areas of Britain in comparison with regional and national benchmarks. It involved assembly and analysis of a range of quantitative indicators on issues such as demography, employment, unemployment, health, housing, education and deprivation on the one hand; and a qualitative survey of community and voluntary sector scope and activity, with particular reference to available sources and changing scale of funding on the other. The analysis found that better connected areas have undergone substantial regeneration and diversification, whereas more peripheral coalfields continue to experience serious economic and social dislocation.


Area regeneration and localisation: evidence and policy review

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2013-2014

This project was an evidence review looking at the impact of regeneration on poverty in the UK. Key aims were:

  • Understanding how area regeneration and poverty are linked theoretically.
  • Identifying and synthesising evidence on the effectiveness of past and current interventions in terms of both cost and outcomes.
  • Making recommendations for future anti-poverty strategies within the current UK social, economic and political context.
  • Identifying priorities for improving the evidence base on the capacity of area-based programmes to tackle poverty.

Evaluation of Measures to Change Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the Private Rented Sector in the UK

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2011-2014

To monitor the impact of the changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector introduced by the government in 2010.


Evaluation of the Sheffield Community Network

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Impact evaluation of the Sheffield Community Network which aims to promote digital inclusion and social enterprises within disadvantaged areas in Sheffield.


Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Community Fund
DEFRA
Délégation interministérielle à la ville (DIV)
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
Financial Inclusion Services (Yorkshire)
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
Furness Enterprise Ltd
Groundwork
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Labour Party
Lambeth Council
Local Trust
New Deal for Communities Partnerships
North East Derbyshire District Council
Oldham Council
Visit Wales
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council
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