What is the Business of Cities?

The Business of Cities is an established intelligence and advisory practice whose work informs decision-making around the rapidly evolving relationship between business and cities. We employ first-hand insight and data analysis tools to help city leadership, global firms, business leadership and international organisations understand the latest dynamics of urbanisation and globalisation.

Our in-depth reports have provided coverage of more than 250 cities in over 50 countries. Our current research focuses on themes such as city density, the urban innovation economy, the future governance of metropolitan areas, the DNA of cities, city financing and devolution, and national frameworks and policies for cities. We also provide bespoke assessment of city performance and perception based on our pioneering use of over 200 city indexes and benchmarks.

Established partners include the OECD, World Bank, United Cities and Local Government, Jones Lang LaSalle, Urban Land Institute, New York Regional Plan Association, Brookings Institution, UCL, Oslo Business Region, and many more.

The Business of Cities is chaired by Prof Greg Clark, and is led by directors Emily Moir and Dr Tim Moonen. Project teams utilise the expertise of research fellows who specialise in city and regional planning, international development and political science. The Business of Cities also works with ministers, economists and planners around the world to build its knowledge and advisory platform.

Read our 2016 Year in Review here