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Creating resilient places

About the theme

CLES has developed an international reputation as a thought leader on how cities and towns can deal with ongoing economic, social and environmental turbulence. More than that, we are actively working with local areas to help them develop solutions to the challenges they face.

In recent years we have developed the CLES Economic Resilience Model, a strategic relationship model for assessing the resilience of places which is particularly focused on the relationships between the commercial, public and social economies.

CLES has used this model as the basis of economic resilience work with a number of areas, including Ashfield and Mansfield district councils; Cambridgeshire County Council; Manchester City Council; Blackburn with Darwen Council and Dandenong City Council in Australia.

Examples of our work

Developing a green local economy – a paper providing guidance around the fundamental principles that individual towns and cities can adopt to develop a greener local economy

Developing local economic resilience – a think piece examining the extent to which local enterprise partnerships are helping to create resilient places

Responsible reform: open public services for all – a joint report with Voluntary Sector North West and North West Infrastructure Partnership on the need to ensure equality lies at the heart of public service reform

Progressive housing associations – briefing paper outlining 10 key roles for social landlords in helping to create thriving places

Enhancing the value of local authority assets in town centres – a paper detailing the findings of joint research with the Association for Public Service Excellence on the role and value of council assets

Productive local economies: creating resilient places – a paper outlining the CLES resilience framework and findings from research across the UK


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