Mike Emmerich

  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.

  • Time to get serious about migration

    26 August 2023

    Mike Emmerich unpicks the complex world issues driving migration to the UK, and says local leaders and communities bear the costs of failed policies.

  • For now, investment zones look like another short term wheeze

    19 October 2022

    Mike Emmerich looks at the possible future for investment zones – and offers the chancellor some pointers on how the controversial policy might be rethought.

  • Wages and good and bad government

    20 October 2021

    Many communities in the UK would benefit from higher wages, says Mike Emmerich, but does the Prime Minister have a strategy for delivering them?

  • Take a breath and take stock

    10 February 2021

    It seems likely that we are facing the biggest challenge to our economy since the 1940s, says Mike Emmerich. ‘Now as much as ever we need the power of the state to be used to sustain and support the economy,’ he believes.

  • Northern Powerhouse must be for real

    28 October 2020

    If the North is to ‘own’ the Northern Powerhouse a new partnership with Government is needed, as called for by the Convention of the North, write Ben Lucas and Mike Emmerich.

  • No glorious but implausible utopias

    09 June 2020

    Mike Emmerich says we should use the recovery phase to build on what councils have been doing during the emergency – quickly rising to the challenge. Councils need to put concrete ideas on the table, he adds.

  • Important choices lie ahead

    02 March 2020

    Mike Emmerich says the building of a more spatially balanced and inclusive form of growth is a task that has not been fully embraced by Westminster and Whitehall – ‘and that has got to, and looks set to, change’.

  • Not a business as usual approach

    11 December 2019

    Metro Dynamics has launched a guide for people working in and with towns that distils what it has learned over the past few years, based on eight principles. Mike Emmerich explains.

  • ‘We need to evolve our model of the economy’

    18 June 2019

    Mike Emmerich says if housing, transport and education all ‘pile on pressure for success’ in some wealthy and well-connected areas and leave others behind, then ‘we really are facing a national policy failure’

  • The journey is just beginning

    14 February 2017

    In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost

  • Leading the pack

    24 November 2014

    Mike Emmerich and Mark Morrin explain how new powers granted to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will blaze a devolutionary trail for other local areas to follow.