Research and analysis

Future of cities: the business of cities

Essay looking at the changing relationships between cities and businesses.


The business of cities


The purpose of this paper is to review and explain the issues arising from the changing relationships between cities and businesses. It focuses on:

  • the recent trends in their changing relationships
  • the roles that businesses are playing in city development
  • the extent to which cities and businesses have become similar entities and the implications for the future

This essay was commissioned as part of the Foresight future of cities project.

Published 17 October 2014