The Chair of the RSA Yorkshire and Humberside Branch, Will Eadson, is a Reader in Urban and Regional Sustainability at CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University. Will has been involved in the RSA for over a decade and more generally has taken an active role in promoting urban and regional studies as a discipline since the early 2000s.
“There is a strong opportunity to invigorate the work and reach of the RSA in the Yorkshire and Humber given the political climate in the region and a strong core of academics working in the field across the region’s 10 universities. In particular there is a growing appetite for action through city-regions, with the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership and City Regions all increasingly developing agendas for economic development and planning within their spatial remit. Important agendas are currently being prioritised, including regional inclusive growth, transport and energy. There is a real opportunity for the RSA and its members to engage more with these bodies to (a) share learning and practice between policy, practice and academia; (b) promote the work of the RSA directly to policy actors. I hope therefore to make the facilitation of links between policy, practice and academia an important plank of my actions as RSA Yorkshire and Humber Chair.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss regional studies in the Yorkshire and Humber region.”
State mediation and geographies of transition
Spatial divisions of low carbon labour
Dr Aidan While, Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Will Eadson, Reader, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, email@example.com
In this presentation, Aidan While and Will Eadson set out a way of understanding low carbon transition as a process of economic restructuring, paying attention to the state’s role in mediating emergent ‘spatial divisions of low carbon labour’. Decarbonisation is set to be a powerful force of economic restructuring, creating new economic opportunities, but threatening jobs and investment in sectors unable to adjust to fossil fuel divestment. A pressing issue for ‘just transitions’ is whether low carbon economic restructuring is likely to challenge or reinforce prevailing geographies of spatial inequality and labour market (dis)advantage. The spatial divisions of labour approach foregrounds questions of employment, training and pathways to employment as key dimensions of just transition, providing a framework for analysis and intervention. Aidan and Will open up new critical perspectives on low carbon transitions, thinking about decarbonisation as a form of spatial economic restructuring and its potential implications in reinforcing and/or working against existing patterns of uneven spatial development.
State mediation and renewable energy geographies: on the role of regions in energy transitions
Dr Carla De Laurentis, ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, delaurentisc@Cardiff.ac.uk
This talk will focus on the role of regions in implementing renewable energy policies, examining the relationship between state policy and renewable energy deployment. Using evidence from comparative case studies, two regions in Italy and two devolved territories in the UK, Carla will tease out some differences in terms of regional competencies to implement renewable energy policies across the two countries. While the regions investigated display differences in their incentives, capacities and capabilities to increase renewable energy deployment, their ability to act is very much influenced by nation-states, stressing the important role of the state in mediating the form and direction of renewable energy deployment. The paper highlights how the relationship between state policy and regional renewable deployment has been influenced by the intersection between state regulation and questions of energy policy and this has strong implications for the practice and outcome of territorial governance.
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