Urban Dynamics Lab


Developing new models of economic diversity

Recent theories which focus on demonstrating that, the more advanced and wealthy the economy, the more diverse the industrial and employment structure tends to be. These have been developed by Hidalgo and Hausmann and extended by Pietronero's group.

There are very promising proposals that these also apply to cities and could mean that the larger and more prosperous the city the more diverse it is. We will test these on UK cities and regions and in this way automate the UK fitness landscape, which is composed of functional regions defined by the project.