We have worked with the OECD on targeted reviews and special studies in the field of local and territorial development since 1998.

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. OECD measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. OECD analyses and compares data to predict future trends. They set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.


Among the OECD reviews we have contributed to include:

  • Legacy of global events reviews: London 2012, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Shanghai EXPO.
  • Local and Regional Development: Latvia, Slovakia, Austria.
  • Economic and Regeneration Strategy Reviews: Glasgow, Derry/Londonderry.
  • Economic Development Agency Reviews of Belfast, Glasgow, Barcelona.
  • Urban Renaissance Reviews in Naples, Belfast, Krakow, Canberra, Derry, and Glasgow
  • Smart Growth in Maryland
  • Metropolitan Reviews of Melbourne, Athens, Mexico City, Seoul, and Milan.
  • Cities and Entrepreneurship Reviews of Rome and West Midlands.


We have also contributed to a number of key OECD publications on a variety of city development topics:

  • Local Economic Leadership June 2015, OECD
  • Delivering Local Development: New Growth and Investment Strategies 2013, OECD
  • Organising Local Development: The Role of Development Agencies and Companies, 2010 OECD
  • Recession, Recovery, and Reinvestment: the Role of Leadership in a Global Crisis, 2009, OECD
  • Local Development Benefits from Staging Global Events, 2008, OECD Publishing.
  • Investment Strategies and Financial Tools for Urban Development, 2007, OECD