This week, our Deputy Director Robert Rogerson is travelling to The Philippines for a workshop with partners from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD). The meetings is part of a project which has been funded in part by a Newton/British Council Institution Link grant. The collaboration centres on an area of critical importance to smart cities with a strong dependence on a service/ creative industries economy, specifically within tourism. The focus is on understanding the future of the low skills and frequently disadvantaged workforce. The project seeks to develop a research framework to provide a holistic perspective on tourism employment in the modern city from an economic, social and cultural perspective. The framework will be evaluated in an advanced city context – drawing on the UK Demonstrator Smart City, Glasgow and, in a less developed economy context, in Metro Manila. It will also embed longer-term research collaboration between the partners via a virtual research centre (SCET).