Actions and Detail Panel
Greater Manchester - Economy - The People's Plan
Tue 29 November 2016, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT
PP website > http://www.PeoplesPlanGM.org.uk/
6pm - 7pm speaker contributions
7pm - 9pm discussions
PP website > http://www.PeoplesPlanGM.org.uk/
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Prof Graham Haughton - Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Manchester
Prof Ruth Lupton - Head of a new Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and University of Manchester
Prof Julie Froud - Alliance Manchester Business School, Unversity of Manchester (and has been an affiliate member of the CRESC research centre)
Dr Marianne Sensor - Research Fellow, Economics and Alliance Manchester Business School
Prof Wendy Olsen - Professor of Socio-Economics, University of Manchester (also in CMIST)
Dr Joe Ravetz - Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy (CURE), University of Manchester
Graham Haughton is Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Manchester.
Recent research has included austerity and growth in Greater Manchester, hazard maps and hazards policy, and the role of think tanks in shaping planning and local economic policy debates.
Graham will give a short intro on the problems with the version of agglomeration economics used by Manchester policy makers to shape their approach.
His short contribution will be based on this paper http://cjres.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/04/07/cjres.rsw004.abstract
Ruth Lupton is head of a new Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and University of Manchester.
She researches poverty and inequality in the UK with particular interests in spatial inequalities, low income neighbourhoods and education.
Ruth's contribution will touch upon the following areas:
- what would it mean for the GM economy to be more inclusive?
- what sort of things would need to be on the table?
- questions of geography and identity
Julie Froud’s current research interests include work on adult care, UK textiles and the development of Manchester.
The latter is the focus of her presentation for this event but it connects to broader interests around the importance of the foundational or mundane economy (the unglamourous but essential part of daily life and the role of such activities in a city like Manchester).
Julie's presentation will summarise the nature of the Manchester transformation to date and suggest alternative ways of thinking about GM based on the idea of the foundational economy. This should complement contributions by others and contribute to the idea of alternatives.
For information, she'll draw on the working paper available here: http://www.cresc.ac.uk/medialibrary/research/ManchesterTransformed.pdf
Marianne Sensor obtained both economic degrees (BA and PhD) from the University of Sheffield and worked at the Bank of England and the University of Oxford before joining the University of Manchester in 1997.
Her research has included the study of: the resilience of national and regional business cycles; UK firms in the green goods sector; volatility of international inflation and growth; agglomeration economies across European city regions.
Marianne will briefly discuss the financial crisis and UK banking before talking about alternative financing models including regional banking, local currencies and what is currently happening in Greater Manchester with the Evergreen investment fund.
Wendy Olsen comes from Indiana originally and has studied economics at Oxford University including a PhD with fieldwork in village India.
Wendy is a committed green economist and has also been leading the Association for Heterodox Economics as a way to do service to the profession.
She normally works on social statistics with users in government and with mixed qualitative interviewing in combination. Her specialist areas include India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
Wendy will explain the Keynesian and Post-Keynesian reasons why spending in the Northern Powerhouse is justified. Wendy will conclude her talk by arguing that however, 'NORTHERN' spend is unfair under 'DEVO-MANC' because the rest of the NW is not getting such spend and also not having a Regional Devolved Assembly (yet), which it should have.
Joe Ravetz works on sustainable cities and regions, foresight / futures for urban / environmental issues, new economics and governance, and innovation / transition studies.
Joe's main publications include 'City-Region 2020': 'Environment and City', and the forthcoming 'Co-opolis-III: synergistic pathways from smart to wise'.
Through these, a unique research agenda has emerged, on the 'shared-mind' collective intelligence of urban systems. The 'synergistic mapping' toolkit helps to analyse and design systems of cognitive complexity, with pathways for 'grand societal challenges', such as climate change, urban poverty or economic resilience.
Joe has worked with the UN Industrial Development Organization & UN Habitat, Institute for Alternative Futures, Rockefeller Foundation, WWF-International, Finland Environment Institute, Institute of Innovation Research, European Commission DG Regio / DG Research / ECOSOC, UK Dept of Environment, Regional Development Agencies, Government Office of Science, Environment Agency, UK research councils and many professional bodies.
With a background as an architect / planner, he is a keen visual thinker and graphic facilitator in foresight / futures / sustainability processes.
He is a board member of the International Journal for Sustainable Development, Foresight Journal and Sustainable Mediterranean Construction.
He is also a Principal at SAMI Consulting and delivers training, seminars, keynotes and visual thinking in many countries.
Joe will propose 3 questions, from current work on 'co-evolutionary economics' (a.k.a. synerg-onomics)
(a.k.a what if economic systems were not just 'invisible hand of the market' but a 'visible brain of society'?)
- Northern trainset or train-wreck?
- circular economy or circular con-trick?
- degrowth & steady-state, a growing idea? But...