Birmingham City University to launch Centre for Brexit Studies

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Hotel La Tour

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Birmingham City University is to launch a Centre for Brexit Studies (CBS) this month, created to further enhance understanding of the consequences of the UK withdrawing from the European Union (EU).

The CBS will promote engagement of both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ standpoints, whilst providing collaborative opportunities with businesses, professional organisations and civil society.

Accessible to the general public, the Centre will host conferences, workshops and seminars to share knowledge in relation to sectors expected to be impacted by Brexit, including cultural identity, hate crime and radicalisation, climate change and national security.

CBS will launch on Thursday 26 January with a free conference exploring Brexit’s challenges for business and society, with the event focusing on four key themes: business and trade; employment and education; environment and energy; and human rights and democracy.

Alex de Ruyter, Director of Research at Birmingham City University’s Business School and chair of the launch event, said: “With the vote of the UK to leave the EU it is now crucial to gain an understanding of the complexities that Brexit entails for individuals, communities, business and government, whilst clearing up misconceptions around its impact.

“Whilst CBS will have a national focus it will also specifically investigate the impact of Brexit on Birmingham and the surrounding areas.”

Speakers at the event include Jon Yorke, Professor of Human Rights at Birmingham City University and Alison Young, Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford - a recent BBC commentator on the Article 50 court case to decide whether government or parliament has the authority to trigger the UK’s exit process.

Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, added: “We will also be launching our report entitled ‘Making a Success of Brexit’. To our understanding, no other region in England has yet come up with such a plan – one that features a triple contribution from local government, industry and academia.”

Other speakers at the event include Aston University economy expert Professor David Bailey and Stefania Paladini, former Italian trade commissioner to Hong Kong and China and now Reader in Trade and Global Security at Birmingham City University.

The CBS launch event takes place at Birmingham’s Hotel La Tour on Thursday 26 January from 8.45am until 4pm.

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8:45am Registration and refreshments

9:00am Opening Addresses:

  • Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Birmingham City University
  • Miss Jo Goodman, President, BCU Student’s Union
  • Professor Jon Yorke, School of Law, Birmingham City University

9:15am Keynote Speech and Q&A (Business Theme)

  • Professor Alex de Ruyter, Business School, Birmingham City University
  • Chair: Professor Jon Yorke

10:00am Panel 1: Business and Trade

  • Professor Paul Forrest, West Midlands Economic Forum
  • Dr Les Budd, Open University & Professor David Bailey, Aston Business School, Aston University
  • Dr Stefania Paladini, Business School, Birmingham City University

11:00am Panel 2: Environment and Energy

  • Associate Professor Haydn Davies, School of Law, Birmingham City University
  • Professor Robert Lee, School of Law, Birmingham University

12noon Lunch

1:00pm Keynote Speech and Q&A (Society Theme)

  • Professor Alison Young, School of Law, Oxford University
  • Chair: Professor Jon Yorke

2:00pm Panel 3: Democracy and Human Rights

  • Professor Alison Young, School of Law, Oxford University
  • Dr Scarlett McArdle, School of Law, Birmingham City University
  • Dr Ewan Kirk, School of Law, Birmingham City University

3:00pm Panel 4: Employment and Education

  • Dr Sukhwinder Salh, Business School, Birmingham City University
  • Dr James Williams, Social Research and Evaluation Unit, Birmingham City University
  • Dr Robert Lawson, School of English, Birmingham City University

4:00pm Close of conference

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