About Urban Economic

Urban Economic is a boutique consultancy specialising in the impact of ICT within cities. Meagan Crawford founded Urban Economic, with a goal to provide robust evidence based analysis to both public and private clients. Meagan brings over a decade of expertise across ICT installations, her work has been sought after internationally delivering projects to multinational Telecommunications clients and the highest levels of Government.

Cities are the life-blood of national economies, they contribute an average of 85% of GDP. Today, nearly 60% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Research shows that urbanisation, the gradual movement from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5bn people to urban areas by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa. This migration to urban centres is placing an enormous strain on existing infrastructure. How people move through and interact with transport in cities is becoming increasingly important to the quality of life of citizens, as well as the economic capabilities and environmental impact of cities. At the same time, cities are under increasing pressure to prioritise competing demands with shrinking budgets in order to remain competitive in a globalised market for labour, as well as goods and services.

Meagan Crawford

Executive Director of Urban Economic

Meagan has spent the last decade providing robust, mixed-method economic analysis demonstrating the performance of ICT installations in cities all over the world. Previous to founding Urban Economic, Meagan was the Lead Economist at Future Cities Catapult, an International Centre of Excellence set up by the UK Government. In her role, Meagan led the analysis of numerous multi-million pound projects across Europe, Central & North America and the Middle East. Meagan applied her expertise to leading internationally significant research programmes partnering with some of the world’s brightest academics and industry leaders globally.

Practice Areas

Cities Practice

Today, cities around the world are under increasing pressure to prioritise competing demands with shrinking budgets whilst at the same time attempting to remain competitive in a globalised market. The Cities Practice at Urban Economic provides a robust approach to help both public and private clients understand and demonstrate the ex-ante and ex-post impact of digital technologies. We take an innovative approach by assessing the Economic, Financial, Social and Environmental impacts of digital technologies.


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