Urban Economic is a boutique consultancy specialising in the impact of technology within cities. Well-known economist, Meagan Crawford founded Urban Economic with a goal to provide robust evidence-based analyses to both public and private clients. She brings over a decade of expertise and 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, contributing 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. For Instance, how people move through and interact with transport in cities is becoming increasingly important to people’s quality of life. Urban mobility will continue to be a major area of focus in both developed and developing economies. The economic capabilities and environmental footprint of cities also need a great deal of consideration.

These days, cities are under increasing pressure to prioritise competing demands with shrinking budgets whilst at the same time attempting to remain competitive in a globalised market for labour, as well as goods and services.

About Meagan Crawford

Meagan has spent the last decade providing robust economic analyses that demonstrate 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.