Building the Northern Powerhouse from the Rubble of the Old

Simon Parker, CURB’s Co-Director, has written a chapter ‘Building the Northern Powerhouse from the Rubble of the Old’ for a newly published ebook, ‘Forging Economic Discovery in the 21st Century Britain’ edited by Johnna Montgomerie and produced by the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) at Goldsmiths University, London. Simon Parker discusses the challenges of re-balancing the UK economy in the context of an intensifying concentration of infrastructure and wealth in London and the South East and the need for a more even distribution of investment and employment opportunities not only in the Manchester city-region but also in less privileged urban regions such as the North-East where public sector driven austerity has deepened socio-spatial inequality since the 2008 financial crash.

Other contributions from the ESRC Goldsmiths ‘Recovery to Discovery’ seminar include chapters by Ruth Pearson, Andrew Gamble, Mick Moran, Andrew McGettigan, Will Davies, and Johnna Montgomerie.

The book is free to download at

Prof. Simon Parker CURB Co-Director


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