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.”
RSA First Pan-Northern Branches Conference – CANCELLED
A message from the Chair of the RSA North East Branch:
After careful considerations regarding the increasing number of Covid-19 infections in the UK, and in conjunction with both Northumbria University Research Office and the RSA Chief Executive, we decided to call the event off. This is a very sad decision for us, and not taken lightly given the large number of participants already registered to the event. However, as the spread of the virus is set to significantly expand across the country in the next two weeks, large social gatherings must be avoided. We are informing you about this unexpected outcome so that you can re-arrange your own schedules, and we will inform those who registered within today.
It is our objective to organise the event again later this year, possibly in October-November 2020; the RSA has already granted their full support. We will not change the programme and will keep reservations, but of course we will contact you in due course to confirm whether you will still be able to contribute to the event.
Once again, let me express all my gratitude and appreciation for your help and support in designing and developing the event. I am sure this opportunity won’t be missed, but simply delayed.
Chair of the RSA North East Branch
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: 27 March 2020
The Chairs of the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside Branches are delighted to invite you to the first RSA Pan-Northern Branches Conference.
The conference is designed to provide a platform for free thinking exchange of ideas, with the aim to address and discuss research and policy issues affecting the North of England in light of European and global trends and in view of national and regional contexts. During the one-day day, we will focus on how to respond to the current and future challenges for the North arising from multiple sources, such as the UK Industrial Strategy, new infrastructural investments such as HS2, the uncertainties posed by the Brexit process. Our scope is to look ahead to 2030 and the next decade for urban and regional development across public, private, voluntary and no-profit sector in the regions.
The event is free for RSA members to attend but registration and bookings are essential as we have capped the numbers of attendees. The invitation is extended to all RSA members although priority will be given to those based in the North West and North East of England, and in Yorkshire and the Humberside.
Key-note speakers include:
- Professor David Bailey, Birmingham Business School
- Professor Christina Beatty, CRESC, Sheffield Hallam University
- Professor Alan Harding, Greater Manchester Combined Authority/University of Manchester
- Professor Joyce Liddle, NBS Northumbria University
- Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles, City-REDI, University of Birmingham
- Dr Anna Round, Institute of Public Policy and Research
- Professor Andy Pike, CURDS, Newcastle University
- Victoria Sutherland, Senior Economist, North East Local Enterprise Partnership
- Expert panel with policymakers and representatives from the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside Regions.
Below is the full program:
The Future of Northern England in Changing Times for Regions
Friday 27th March 2020
09:00-09:30 Arrival & Registration [The Great Hall, Sutherland Building]
09:30-09:45 Introduction to the day
Professor Andrew Wathey (Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University);
Professor Ignazio Cabras (Chair, Regional Studies Association North East Branch)
09:45-11:15 Session One: Public Sector Leadership and Social Welfare
Professor Christina Beatty, Sheffield Hallam University
The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern England
Professor Joyce Liddle, Northumbria University
Public Policy and Leadership in Northern England
11:15-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Session Two: Brexit and the North
Professor Raquel Ortega Argiles, University of Birmingham
The Impact of Brexit on UK Regional Economies
Professor David Bailey, University of Birmingham
The Need for a Holistic Regional Industry Policy: Brexit and the UK Automotive Sector
13:00-13:45 Lunch break
13:45-15:00 Panel Discussion: Changing Times for the Northern Regions?
- Professor Alan Harding (Chief Economic Adviser, Greater Manchester Combined Authority)
- Victoria Sutherland (Senior Economist, North East Local Enterprise Partnership)
- Dr Tom Forth (Head of Data, Open Data Institute Leeds)
- Dr Anna Round (Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy and Research)
- Felix Kumi-Ampofo (Assistant Director – Policy and Assurance, Sheffield City Region)
15:00-15:45 Closing session:
Professor Andy Pike, Newcastle University
Regional Development, Policy and Governance Futures for Northern England
15:45-16:00 Wrap-up and Conclusions
Professor Ignazio Cabras, Dr Elvira Uyarra and Dr Will Eadson
16:00-16:30 Official Launch – iNCITE Research Centre
Professor David Charles, iNCITE Director at Northumbria University
16:30-17:30 Drinks and Refreshments; Conference ends
If you would like to attend the conference please email Wendy Stephenson: firstname.lastname@example.org before 15th March 2020.
Please note: The Yorkshire and Humberside Branch is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.