The lovely people at KooZA/rch have done an interview with me: on how COVID-19 has altered urbanity, and how far these changes might stick around. There’s also some superb photography by Ashley Gilberston.

Below is an excerpt: you can read the whole thing here.

What does a deactivated city mean…

I’ve got a new paper on incubators, accelerators and cities out in Urban Studies. It’s written with Margarida Madaleno, Henry Overman and Sevrin Waights.

Why should you read it? I think there’s four reasons to care about this stuff:

First, we know that physical co-location has a range of economic…

Footfall in UK cities since lockdown. Source: Centre for Cities High Street Tracker, Locomizer.

Update, 11 December: Henry and I have rebuilt the piece to take account of the latest vaccine developments. Read that here.

23 September: I’ve done a long read for the Economics Observatory on what COVID-19 and other pandemics might mean for big cities in the future. …


Cities around the world are the epicentres of the coronavirus pandemic. Why is this, why have some places been hit so much harder than others, and – as countries start to move out of lockdown – what will come next?

There is no shortage of possible explanations. The catastrophe of…

City in the Air, Arata Isozaki

Centre for Cities have put up a new City Talks podcast I did with CEO Andrew Carter, talking about cities, clusters, cluster policy tools and the Tech City programme. Later on we also go into some more nerdy stuff about policy evaluation and data.

It’s about an hour long. Happy listening!

If you want more detail, the academic paper behind the conversation is here, and I wrote a summary of it here.

London’s technology ecosystem is thriving. The city has over 50,000 tech firms, with over 260,000 employees. Venture capital investment rose from £384 million in 2013 to £1.8 billion in 2018. A number of companies, such as Deepmind, Transferwise and Deliveroo, have become unicorns, valued at more than £1 billion. …

Anna and I have a new CEP Discussion Paper out looking at innovation and productivity in UK firms. Read it here.

It’s quite technical. Working with the data science firm Growth Intelligence, we combine rich administrative info with media text and machine learning to develop new measures of firm-level innovation…

Some job news: I’m excited to say that I’m taking up a new role at UCL in September. I’ll be a new Associate Professor in Applied Urban Sciences at the Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis (CASA), part of the Bartlett faculty of the built environment.

This move clicks together a…

© Tim Mazzarol 2014

Back from Glasgow, where I’ve been at the University talking about entrepreneurial ecosystems. Many thanks to Ben Spigel and Fumi Kitagawa for inviting me, and for organising such a nice group of people.

It was a pretty striking event. Here are some thoughts while they’re still fresh.

(I’m new to…

The original Silicon Roundabout. © Matt Biddulph

I have a new paper out in the Journal of Economic Geography, written with Emma Vandore and Georgina Voss.

It draws on 10 years of fieldwork by the three of us, and looks at tech clusters, specifically how well place branding tools work in developing and governing cluster ecosystems. …

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