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The boom of online and out-of-town shopping offers, store closures, shrinking footfall and how to overcome the High Street’s crisis fatalist narrative

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Blog post by Eduardo Oliveira

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Introduction
Several media channels have recently proclaimed the ‘death’ of UK High Streets or have been reporting store closures with job losses and economic fallout making the headlines. There have also been a number of expert reports, policy documents and research projects highlighting lower footfall and decline of in-store sales in recent years as casting a shadow of doubt over the High Street’s vitality. For instance, the Springboard UK 2017 Footfall Review reports that footfall has decreased every year since 2013 and in the last 10 years has fallen by 17%. The Grimsey Review 2, published just after the 2018 Local Government Association Annual Conference in Birmingham, reveals that since 2014, chain retailers have shut more stores than they have opened in UK town centres. With regard to store closures, Amir Qamar, a researcher based at the City Region Economic and Development Institute (City REDI) of…

Nobody warns you how much of academia involves Doodle polls.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Landscape Ecology

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FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Landscape Ecology. Do you want to understand how landscapes function? An outstanding team of researchers will present and discuss the discipline of Landscape Ecology, where natural and social sciences meet. More at

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About this courseSkip Course Description What is a landscape? How has it evolved? How do we perceive landscapes? What properties are required to make us feel at home? 

Are you interested in these topics and want to understand how landscapes function? Then this is the course for you! We will present the discipline of Landscape Ecology, where natural and social sciences meet. You will realize how innovative and collaborative approaches used in Landscape Ecology allow land managers, planners and the public to shape landscapes for future societies. 

We will teach you the modern tools of Landscape Ecology enabling you to address fundamental research questions. You will also get valuable practical…

Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy An IPR Policy Brief taking a look at the policy around the UK Industrial Strategy, and how it varies across the nations of the UK.

Quality of Life Survey: top 25 cities, 2018

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Is the British high street in crisis? - BBC Newsnight

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City REDI at Birmingham Business School

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