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We are seeking to develop a research network around the topic matters of digital maturity and connectivity, particularly concerning the development of peripheral regions.

Research linkages with other institutions in other regions of the UK, to better develop the evidence base on the economic impact of superfast broadband enabled technologies, will be actively sought by the research team.

Developing such linkages may be a means of developing scale and scope economies in the research process, and in enhancing a hub of local expertise. Such links would also provide a foundation for cross regional studies and mutual learning.