RR15: Market Towns and the recession

28th July 2009.

This research, undertaken by CLES and amt-i, (the consultancy division of Action for Market Towns), is part of a longer term research project being undertaken by CLES and AMT (and supported by the Commission for Rural Communities) with the aim of better understanding the economic resilience of market towns considering how the public, social and commercial economies operate and interact with each other.

Specifically, the research aims to do the following:

  1. uncover evidence of impacts of recession on market towns in order to better understand their vulnerability to national and global economic pressure;
  2. understand the extent to which economic development activity has enabled market towns to become more resilient;
  3. explore alternative strategies for managing economic change in UK market towns and types of national policies that will help towns to become resilient to economic change in the future.