Our Research

The Covid Recovery Commission will produce bold and practical policy recommendations aimed at ensuring that the UK economy emerges stronger, fairer and more resilient post-crisis. Our research team will consider what impact the pandemic has had on the UK’s levelling up agenda and make recommendations to support higher productivity levels, encourage business investment right across the UK (domestic and foreign) and promote a culture of innovation over the next five years and beyond.

The Commission has released two short papers, ‘Levelling Up Communities’ and ‘Building Back Together: A new partnership’ which set the context for the Commission’s final report detailing policy recommendations due in the coming months. The papers set out the challenges in the below areas.

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Assessing the challenges faced by local communities, individuals and families prior to Covid-19 and how these have been impacted by the pandemic.

Building back together

This paper examines the role of business in addressing the underlying issues outlined in the first paper and in helping us to build back better and deliver a stronger, fairer, more resilient economy.

Societal Trends

Assessing the longer-term impact that the pandemic has had on major societal themes including the transitions to the digital economy, the decarbonisation agenda and the future of public service delivery.

We are keen to ensure a range of perspectives contribute to our final analysis and we are particularly keen to hear from community groups and organisations delivering policy on the ground. If you would like to get in touch please contact us

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The Commission's Secretariat is provided by WPI Strategy and the analysis conducted by WPI Economics. We are keen to hear from a diverse range of stakeholders. If you would like to contribute, please use the contact us form.