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Community resilience and Brexit

How residents perceive their own economic circumstances and local area.

Building communities' resilience to economic shocks and setbacks is a key objective for policymakers in Wales.

However, many studies of economic resilience focus on tangible assets (such as income) as a guide to assessing capacity to withstand financial challenges and pay little attention to households’ own perceptions of their capacity to manage change.

During 2017, a survey of 1,000 residents of the Cardiff Capital Region was undertaken to discover how respondents perceived their own economic circumstances, their local area and how they felt they might respond to a future economic setback.

The survey highlighted a pervasive sense of worry and uncertainty across the region, heightened by the Brexit vote.

The results provide valuable context and information for future policy debate and strategy development as well as strengthening our understanding of important resilience concepts.

The project team

Gill Bristow

Professor Gillian Bristow

Dean of Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor in Economic Geography

Dr Adrian Healy

Senior Research Fellow


This research was made possible through the support of the following organisations: