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Paul Buchanan joins the Volterra Team

Paul Buchanan joins the Volterra Team

We're delighted to announce that Paul Buchanan is the latest member of the Volterra team where we joins us as a partner. Paul has twenty-five years experience as a transport economist with a background that includes leading the economic appraisals of the Jubilee Line Extension and Crossrail. His career has included work for Halcrow and Travers Morgan before ten years on the board at Colin Buchanan and Partners where he became Managing Director. He comes to us from the position of Technical Director at SKM Colin Buchanan. Paul says "I'm excited to be joining the high quality team at Volterra and I'm looking forward to helping to grow the business in 2014 and beyond."
Reinventing London: your invitation to a lecture this January!

Reinventing London: your invitation to a lecture this January!

This January senior partner Bridget Rosewell will be delivering a public lecture on the changing shape of the London economy - presenting the challenges, opportunities and factors which will shape the future in the wake of the financial crisis, as set out in her new book, Reinventing London. The lecture will be hosted by think tank Centre for London at their headquarters in London Bridge on January 23rd from 5.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the recent launch of Bridget's book. If you would like to attend please register your interest by entering your details here. If you'd like to hear a little more about the themes Bridget will be discussing on the day have a listen to her recent interview with Romesh Vaitilingham at the Festival of Economics.
Partner Paul Ormerod made a Visiting Professor in new UCL Research Centre

Partner Paul Ormerod made a Visiting Professor in new UCL Research Centre

University College London has set up a new research centre, the Centre for Decision Making Uncertainty. The Centre is led by Professor David Tuckett, a leading psychoanalyst whose book Minding the Markets has attracted very favourable comment from people like George Soros. The Centre is multi-disciplinary, and includes computer scientists, mathematicians and experts in artificial intelligence. Paul says "I am delighted to be invited, the Centre has the potential to create a much more realistic description of how people and firms make decisions than that provided by mainstream economics."
Battersea Power Station Restoration Project

Battersea Power Station Restoration Project

Volterra Consultant Daniel Sciberras spoke at the Battersea Power Station Public Exhibition, which was recently held at the iconic site. Daniel spoke about Volterra’s ongoing work for the Battersea Power Station restoration and regeneration project, including the consideration of any socio and economic impacts that the scheme will likely have at local and London wide levels. The Battersea Power Station development scheme is part of the wider Victoria Nine Elms Battersea regeneration project; proposals for the Northern Line Extension are also a crucial part of the regeneration of this area, which senior partner Bridget Rosewell has been extensively involved in.
Bridget talks about the future for Cities

Bridget talks about the future for Cities

Senior Partner Bridget Rosewell recently took part in the Festival of Economics (part of Bristol's Festival of New Ideas) where her new book 'Reinventing London' was launched as part of Diane Coyle's 'Perspectives' Series. Here she is in conversation with Romesh Vaitilingham at the festival, discussing the ideas within her book.
Bridget’s new book looks at ‘Reinventing London’

Bridget’s new book looks at ‘Reinventing London’

Volterra’s senior partner Bridget Rosewell’s new book 'Reinventing London' will be launched this month at the Festival of Economics in Bristol. The book is part of the 'Perspectives' series of books edited by Diane Coyle: essays on big ideas by leading writers given free rein to reframe an issue of great contemporary interest. Bridget asks how London’s economy might be developed after the financial crisis, and explores how future success will depend on several factors working together and include a substantial investment in infrastructure. Read more about the book and buy your own copy here.
Air Transport and the Economy

Air Transport and the Economy

Ellie Evans spoke at the GARS Workshop on “The Effects of Air Transport on the Economy – How can we Evaluate Them?” The workshop was held at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Geneva and Ellie spoke on the topic of lessons learnt from High Speed Rail in the UK and their application to aviation. She spoke about the need for models to be fit for purpose, understanding the assumptions that underpin them, the need for better metrics of accessibility, and how methods needed to consider the potential for HS2 to create a Step Change in the economic geography of the UK. See the slides here.
Britannia Airport in the Press

Britannia Airport in the Press

Bridget Rosewell and the TESTRAD Consortium recently presented their designs for a proposed hub airport in the Thames Estuary to the press. The plans detail the six-runway Britannia airport that would replace Heathrow. The estuary airport would avoid the need to demolish housing or remove green sites, and minimise the potential for noise pollution. The plan also proposes the remodelling of the Heathrow area into a new London Borough with 300,000 new houses and 200,000 more jobs. The proposed £47bn cost of the new airport could be recouped from the real estate value and the closure of Heathrow. Read the brochure detailing the plans here , and have a look at the reaction of the press to the proposed plans here.
Bridget releases report on the economic impact of High Speed Rail

Bridget releases report on the economic impact of High Speed Rail

Volterra’s senior partner Bridget Rosewell recently produced a report with Oxford University’s Tony Venables on the impact of new railway investments in the UK, in particular HS2. The paper looks at how to assess the potential benefits of higher speed and higher capacity connection between cities by rail. Much of the formal appraisal of HS2 to date focuses on saving time rather than examining the impact of ‘connecting places that are synergistic’; the report develops the arguments for the wider benefits of such ‘connections’. Read the full report here, or take a look at Bridget’s recent blog ‘The Political Economy of Risk Taking’ which considers how the often controversial topic of HS2 is misunderstood.
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