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Graduate Economic Planning

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A Future with purpose

At Arup we’re dedicated to sustainable development and to do socially useful work that has meaning. Our purpose, shared values and collaborative approach has set us apart for over 75 years, guiding how we shape a better world.

We solve the world's most complex problems and deliver what seems impossible. We explore challenges with curiosity and creativity - using technology, imagination and rigour to deliver remarkable outcomes.

The Opportunity 


Cities are the world's engines for growth and will drive future prosperity; nearly seventy percent of the world's population will be living in them by 2030. Cities are the places which address global issues, provide the innovations of the future and fuel the global economy. Arup is at the forefront of thinking on many of the issues that will shape cities' development.  

As part of Arup's Integrated City Planning practice, the City Economics team provides strategy, planning, economic and financial consulting services to high-profile clients on many of the most important issues that are faced by cities, particularly those pertaining to infrastructure and the built environment, such as housing and transportation. 

City Economics projects include economic appraisals of individual large-scale transport and housing investments, regeneration and economic development strategies, impact assessments, funding studies, development of infrastructure plans, business cases and economic evaluation studies. As part of our work, we work in collaboration with a range of technical specialists including urban planners, landscape architects, urban designers, transport planners and sustainability experts.

From your first day, you'll join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and provided with great training opportunities. You'll help us to deliver effective and professional services for a range of varied and high-profile clients. While you'll have a great deal of responsibility from day one, we'll give you the chance to take on more as you progress and broaden your skills. Working as part of a team, your role will be to advise city-focused clients on a range of strategic, policy, economic and financial issues. Across the public and private sectors, you will help manage client relationships with public sector agencies, project and property developers, infrastructure operators and other organisations. This will involve primary and secondary research, data analysis, economic and financial modelling, information design and report writing skills. 

We use our knowledge and expertise to offer our clients a broad spectrum of consulting services including, but not limited to, the following:     

  • Strategic advice on a wide range of proposals for inclusive economic growth and innovation for private and public sector and Central Government clients both within the UK and globally    
  • Case for investment for major projects  
  • Policy and place making  
  • Economic analysis, appraisal, and modelling 
  • Local economic growth and governance 
  • Evaluation and econometrics  
  • Market studies  
  • Environmental economics and sustainability  
  • Data and trend analysis including foresight studies   
  • Vision and Strategies for development sites     
  • Project management support     
  • Impact assessments (such as environmental, communities, socioeconomics and equalities)    


Candidates do not need to have technical knowledge of all items listed above. We are an inclusive team who have a range of different backgrounds and professional experience. We encourage individuals to apply if they have a keen interest in cities, the way they function and developing sustainable solutions to shape a better world.  


Is this role right for you? 


We are looking for individuals who hold the following qualifications, attributes and skills:  

  • An undergraduate or Master's degree in cities, public policy/administration, geography, urban studies, business, or a numerate discipline such as economics, mathematics is preferred.  
  • Degree predicted 2:1 or higher (or equivalent) 
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel  
  • Ability to analyse data and text 
  • Ability to undertake qualitative research  
  • Ability to interpret the needs of clients and other stakeholders  
  • Ability to take a strategic view on complex issues  
  • Ability to help develop research methods and execute research projects  
  • Other skills such as coding, GIS and statistical analysis are beneficial but not required  
  • A self-starter with good organisational skills 

We're looking for graduates with curiosity, personal drive and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) the industry and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you. We'd like you to have a personal interest in cities, and the value placed on the things that make them tick, such as transport, housing, cultural facilities, and social infrastructure.

You should be able to start this opportunity in September 2024. 


What we offer you

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.

As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our members also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits. You’ll have access to lots of learning and development opportunities. This includes a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to do meaningful work that strengthens the resilience of communities and places to improve lives through Arup's community engagement programme.

Next steps

Please click on the role that most interests you to find out further information and to apply. We then ask that you complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We will be reviewing applications for this position on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline.

Different people, shared values

At Arup, we encourage individuality to thrive by respecting, sharing and connecting our diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas so we can grow together.

At Arup we are an equal opportunity employer, and we accept people for who they are – we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, neurodiversity and mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. Your difference belongs here. We are an open environment that embraces diverse experiences, perspectives, and ideas – this drives our excellence.

Our internal employee networks support our inclusive culture – from race, ethnicity and cross-cultural working to gender, LGBTQ+ and disability – we aim to create a space for you to express yourself and make a positive difference - Discover more about life at Arup at www.arup.com/careers/your-life-at-arup.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates and are a Disability Confident Level 2 Employer. Please contact UKEarlyCareersRecruitment@arup.com to let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.

We appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours. Work Unbound is our innovative hybrid approach to working and gives all our members greater flexibility in deciding how and where they work.

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