Marcus Johns

Research Fellow, IPPR North

United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow, working on regional economics, devolution, northern transport and a radical reimagining of how we govern ourselves in the North & England's regions

A plan for rail that falls short

By Marcus Johns | 07 July 2021 As is so often the case with Whitehall, the plan is opaque on the role of devolution, local leaders, and regional bodies like Transport for the North. Meanwhile, Government drags its feet on other plans for rail in the North, like commitment to HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, and generally any rail investment.

City Monitor
In England, a call to regulate city buses - City Monitor

England has seen three national lockdowns and additional local restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Public transport patronage across the country and its city regions collapsed during the first lockdown, falling by over 90% across Greater Manchester's transport network in March 2020. At times, bus operators struggled to provide full service as staff shielded from the virus.

Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK's progressive debate
Our national obsession with centralised control weighs down the North

Whitehall doesn't know best. The UK entered the Covid-19 pandemic with deep and growing divides between and within our regions. Long-standing imbalances in investment and a decade of austerity have left the north's economy vulnerable to shocks - which came thick and fast in 2020.

Redaction Politics
Podcast: How the UK has a lot to learn from Germany's state of North Rhine-Westphalia

THE UK has a lot to learn from its international neighbours according to think-tank IPPR North as regional differences continue to divide people across the country. Researcher Marcus Johns told Redaction Politics that the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is a good example of how devolution can support regions following deindustrialisation.

Greater Manchester Poverty Action
Ten years of the Austerity Crisis - Greater Manchester Poverty Action

Ten Years of the Austerity Crisis By Marcus Johns, IPPR North On June 22nd, 2010, the then Chancellor delivered his first budget. He said: "we are all in this together." He said his Government would "protect the most vulnerable in our society." That budget started the imposition of a decade of austerity.

Building economies that work for people

This crisis has highlighted our collective dependence on the many workers who are poorly paid but without whom society would cease tofunction. Once referred to as 'low skilled, low paid', they are now called 'essential' and 'key'. This is a shift in our outlook that we need to heed.