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The DNA of Glasgow

Glasgow is an ambitious, entrepreneurial and people-centred city that’s been built on centuries of hard work, migration and humour. As we discover in two episodes on The DNA of Glasgow, this city tells a compelling and sometimes turbulent story of invention and re-invention. First as a Mediaeval religious and knowledge centre. Then as a dominant tobacco and sugar entrepôt. Then as the world’s leading shipbuilding and locomotive engineering hub. And most recently as a post-industrial city that has galvanised its entrepreneurial spirit and determination to re-assert itself on the world stage as an innovation economy. We ask, what DNA has Glasgow acquired along the way?

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Listen to The DNA of Glasgow - Part I here: 

Listen to The DNA of Glasgow - Part II here: 


We wish to thank Councillor Susan Aitken, Professor Rebecca Madgin, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Michael Meighan, Dr Susie Mitchell and Stuart Patrick CBE for sharing their insights with us in this episode. If you'd like to find out more, you can read our full interviews with them by clicking below:

Cllr Susan Aitken

Glasgow City Council

Prof Rebecca Madgin

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Prof Sir Jim McDonald

Strathclyde University

Michael Meighan


Dr Susie Mitchell

Glasgow City of Science and Innovation 

Stuart Patrick CBE

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

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