The RSA East Midlands Branch Chair, Gary Bosworth, is a Reader at the University of Lincoln.
“I first joined the RSA in 2009 as an Early Career Member. This was my first year at the University of Lincoln where I began as a Research Fellow in the Business School and now, as a Reader of Rural Geography, I am Deputy Head of the new School of Geography. During that time the RSA has been an important part in my career development.
With active Regional Studies members across our Region, including the Universities in Derby, Leicester, Loughborough, Northampton and Nottingham as well as Lincoln, there is a solid base from which to build.
From a local perspective, it is particularly timely to reinvigorate the East Midlands Branch to inform and support new policy initiatives emerging from the Midlands Engine Strategy. I am part of a new group developing an East Midlands Research Observatory which will can widen the Branch’s non-academic engagement. The research base that we build will also create new opportunities for regional studies projects, including PhDs, which can generate new academic outputs for the suite of RSA publications.”
Please feel free to contact me to discuss regional studies in the East Midlands area.”
“Regional Impacts of Climate Change Comparing Urban and Rural Examples”
Date: Wednesday 29th January, 2020
Location: MB1009 Minerva Building, University of Lincoln
The event is free to attend, but places must be reserved through Eventbrite.
This Regional Studies East Midlands Branch event will examine the anticipated impacts of climate change for rural and urban regions. Speakers include Prof. Martin Phillips (Univ. Leicester), Dr Candice Howarth (LSE) and Dr Andrew Kythreotis (Univ. Lincoln).
Climate change will have a major impact on regional development processes, particularly in coastal regions, and the outputs from this event are designed to inform researchers as well as policy-makers and planners of some of the emerging issues and challenges. In particular, the rural-urban comparison will highlight the need for joined up thinking but also the need for differential, place-based approaches. Attendees will be encouraged reflect on how some of the more severe predictions associated with climate change may lead to paradigm shifts in regional planning and economic development theory. Such impacts will stem from global pressures to reduce carbon emissions as well as from regional pressures relating to safeguard regions that are most “at risk” form the direct effects of climate change.
The event is intended to provoke discussion about the scale at which climate change planning should be implemented as well as the differences/similarities between urban and rural places. The discussion will be designed to also capture reflections on how measures taken in urban and rural spaces might impact each other (positively or negatively) and reveal new research questions that can form the basis for future projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation at the regional level.
Please note: The East Midlands Branch is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.