Clients with a spatial development remit drive much of SQW's research, policy analysis and feasibility and impact assessment studies. What makes for high growth local economies? What factors reinforce strongly performing locations, and which lead to decline?
Our key themes are the linkages between economic conditions, infrastructure, key businesses and education and research institutions, employment and workforce engagement: causality and the implications of change. Critical interactions include those between technology transfer, business organisations, and social responses and expectations: also the timing and mechanisms of interventions, impacts on different places and groups, and the intended and unintended effects of public policy.