Leading Cities strives to be a leader in innovative urban research. Our team of researchers at universities across the globe are experts in urban policy. Leading Cities strives to make sure our research has real life implications for the residents of our cities. Our research methods are designed to include all stakeholders – exactly the reason why we require the participation of not only academic institutions but also government and private sector actors.

In 2013 we concluded our first published research project titled Talent Magnets: Cites and Universities Building the Workforce for a KnowledgeTalent Magnets Report Economy. This report was meant to build off the strength of our partnership to show the ability and challenges of modern cities in attracting and retaining top talent. Leading Cities tapped into data from LinkedIn to examine migration trends among recent graduates and help shed light on what drives young talented workers to put down roots in a city.

In additional work, Leading Cities investigated the use of co-creation techniques in public policy making. In January 2014, we published our first report on the topic – Co-Creating Cities: Defining Co-Creation as a Means of Citizen Engagement.

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