Alexandra Jones is director of the Centre for Cities
Gearing up cities for the uncertainty ahead
Local leaders can still help prepare their places for the uncertainty ahead by investing to improve skills and infrastructure in their areas, writes Alexandra Jones.
The three biggest challenges for cities in 2017
Alexandra Jones offers her predictions for the biggest issues in the coming year.
Skills are the missing link
Alexandra Jones argues that the Government is missing a key piece of the puzzle in its drive to address growth and prosperity inequalities.
The West Midlands - Government's new favourite?
Does the Government's new political direction mean the West Midlands will start to rival Greater Manchester on devolution? Alexandra Jones examines the case
Labour's missed opportunity
Labour has missed a huge chance to reclaim the devolution agenda from the Government, says Alexandra Jones
May must make the most of UK cities
Theresa May's best option for extending prosperity is to play to the strengths of the national economy and make the most of UK cities, says Alexandra Jones
What next for local leaders?
Local leaders have a crucial role to play in showing that UK cities are still open to trade, investment and skills, says Alexandra Jones
Raising productivity in the Northern Powerhouse
Research has revealed the importance of productivity to delivering a successful Northern Powerhouse. Alexandra Jones explains the findings.
Every strong mayor has a good council
Alexandra Jones says robust relationships between councils and metro mayors is all the more crucial given strong public support for the new roles
Variety is the spice of life
As regions overcome major challenges on agreeing devolution deals, Alexandra Jones says ministers must recognise that not every location needs to follow the Greater Manchester template
Time for a new strategy
The Spending Review highlights the importance of a significant ‘re-design’ of the local government finance system. Alexandra Jones outlines the challenges this presents.
Conquering obstacles on the road to devolution
As the devolution agenda rolls on, chief executive of Centre for Cities Alexandra Jones expands on the challenges that still remain at both local and national level
No one size fits all for city devo
With regional city devolution deals about to be put on the table, Alexandra Jones looks at the plans made so far, as well as the potential barriers to progress.
Will budget cuts hurt devolution?
In the midst of a highly unpredictable political landscape, party conference season has confirmed at least two certainties for cities after 2015, as Alexandra Jones explains
The dangers lurking in Britain’s two-tier economy
Alexandra Jones says Government fixation with sheer number of jobs created has come at expense of quality and propserity.
What role for places?
Alexandra Jones examines the rush to gain greater attention for devolution prior to the General Election and urges councils to keep the topic high on their agenda
Skills to grow
Centre for Cities chief executive Alexandra Jones outlines the help local authorities need to offer in support of bolstering vital small firms.
Know your boundaries
Alexandra Jones explains how working together across boundaries will ultimately contribute to economic growth.
My fantasy budget
In an ideal world, here is how Alexandra Jones hoped to be responding to this year’s Budget announcement...
The English question
Centre for Cities chief Alexandra Jones says Scottish independent vote offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for English cities.