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Regions Cities Industry Webinar Series
Global megatrends are transforming the way we live, work, interact, finance, produce and consume. At the same time, the increasing environmental impacts of human activities have sharpened the focus on sustainability of further development. New technologies potentially provide an opportunity to address, perhaps for the first time in the history of mankind, a substantial majority of the fundamental societal challenges, from nutrition, energy availability and sustainability, to access to products, services and information. However, these same global megatrends can also be highly divisive and therefore represent one of the biggest challenges for a global social, political and economic cohesion and even peaceful coexistence in more than a generation. In addition we have newly remembered our global vulnerability to shocks such as the coronavirus and there can be no doubt that this will change the world in which we live prompting new questions and new priorities.
The RSA Regions Cities Industry Webinar Series will present acclaimed researchers and policymakers addressing these questions.
Open to all and free to attend, this webinar series aims to bring experts in the field of regional studies, science and policy to you. The webinar can be watched live but will also available on demand. The webinars will run live once a month and feature researcher and policymaker experts. They include time for discussion, questions and comments. To register for this webinar please click here.
Past webinars will be available on demand to RSA members.
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Global Pandemics, COVID-19 and the Small Business Economy: Regional Implications of the Economic Meltdown
How will Covid-19 affect business dynamism? All businesses will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, most negatively, some positively. Professor Mark Hart provides an early assessment in this webinar by exploring evidence from previous pandemics and provide an overview of early assessments of the emerging evidence on the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese firms and other related businesses. Early evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic in China emphasises the severity of the short-term effects on SMEs. The regional implications of Covid-19 in the UK will be explored by examining lessons from the Great Financial Crash and exploring scenarios using a job creation and destruction framework. In addition, the webinar will take an early look at company incorporations and dissolutions in the first quarter of 2020 with the same period in 2019 using the latest available data from Companies House in the UK.
Speaker: Professor Mark Hart, Aston University, UK
Chair: Professor Heike Mayer, University of Bern, Switzerland