Research and analysis

Future of cities: UK scenarios

Report looking at future scenarios for the UK's system of cities.


Future of UK cities: 3 contrasting scenarios


This report presents 3 contrasting versions of the future of the UK’s system of cities:

  • ‘major cities empowerment’ - where major cities other than London experience the highest population growth
  • ‘London-centric’ - where London and the wider South East region experience the highest population growth
  • ‘smaller cities focus’ - where smaller cities absorb the highest proportion of population growth

These scenarios can be used by national and local decision-makers to explore ‘what-if’ questions about the future.

The report was commissioned as part of the Foresight future of cities project.

Published 13 April 2016