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Programme Director for the Cities: Competitiveness and Cohesion Programme 2000-2002

The programme aims to improve understanding of how cities develop and mobilise distinctive economic assets to secure competitive advantage, and how these processes impact upon and are influenced by social cohesion and environmental quality. The main objectives are: to understand patterns and processes of social, economic and environmental change and innovation in UK cities, and their relationships to wider processes of transformation such as globalisation, European integration and technological change to identify the specifically urban assets, externalities, market processes and structures which help firms, other institutions and possibly communities to attain competitive advantage to identify the links between urban economic change and social cohesion and environmental quality, with an emphasis on the interrelationships and feedbacks linking urban social development and environmental conditions with competitive advantage and economic growth to identify measures to make UK cities better places to live for different social groups whilst at the same time enhancing their contribution to economic competitiveness. There are 23 projects within the programme.