Understanding & Enhancing the Community Value of Traditional Retail Markets

Traditional markets have played a significant role in the UK’s towns and cities for centuries but their central community role is threatened by radical changes in retail trends and public sector cuts. Our study aims to provide a new way to understand the community value which traditional markets offer.

Understanding Community Value

We are listening to market traders, operators, campaign groups and other experts from the traditional markets sector to gain insights into how community value is currently understood.

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Maximising Impact

In order to achieve real impact, researchers from the University of Leeds and the Open University are working alongside experts from NMTF and the New Economics Foundation.

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Resources

We are reviewing policy, public and academic discourse on traditional markets and interviewing policy makers and key figures within the sector.

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Follow our progress

Regular updates will be posted on our blog or you can follow us on Twitter @markets4people.

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Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, our study runs from February 2018 to August 2020. Our findings will be published on this website as the project progresses and details of our latest activities will be posted on the blog. You can also follow the project on Twitter @markets4people.

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Myfanwy Taylor On Friday 15 February, Dr Sara González and I shared initial findings from research on the community value...

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Over the next week our project will be taking an exciting step forward by piloting a survey of market users...

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Researching marketplaces across disciplinary and geographical divides RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 28-30 August 2019 Session organisers: Myfanwy Taylor, Sara...

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Our project activities in November included the first meeting of our Steering Group, made up of academics and experts in...

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