Professor McGregor contributing to Policy Scotland in Future Cities study

Issued: Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:15:00 BST

Professor Alan McGregor

Alan McGregor, Professor of Economic Development is contributing to a major study into the key assets, processes and relationships city regions need to develop to ensure their global competitiveness in 25 years’ time. The study is being led by Professor Duncan MacLennan of Policy Scotland, working with his colleagues Dr David Waite and Des McNulty.

The City Region Futures study will inform the future strategic thinking of Glasgow City Region Cabinet. It will be presented to the Glasgow City Region Economic Growth Commission which advises the Cabinet. The work will address themes concerning infrastructure, innovation, employment and skills. Appropriate governance arrangements for global-facing city regions will also be explored.

Professor McGregor is leading on the employment and skills agenda, building on extensive work he has carried out on skills planning for city regions across the UK including Aberdeen City and Shire; Glasgow City Region; Tay Cities; Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders; and Liverpool City Region.

His work will explore major trends in employment with a strong focus on considering the consequences for the labour market of accelerating developments in automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Analysis of changes in the size and composition of the working age population will also be a significant part of the study. The study will encompass linkages between changing labour markets and inequality, and the impacts of these on city region inclusive growth.

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