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Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Room G.34

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In this informal seminar, Dr Rory Shand, will discuss one of the many policy uncertainties facing central and local government after the UKs exit from the European Union in 2019; that of economic development.

Several of the cities or regions with the highest leave votes in the 2016 EU referendum, such as South Yorkshire or the South West, were also the highest recipients of EU funding; drawn from grants such as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), including Objective One funds. A key challenge for government in the post-Brexit landscape will be to ensure that infrastructure and projects supported by such funding are maintained or replaced. Within this broad challenge, there are three underlying aspects.

  • Firstly, the need to understand the high leave vote in areas that received high levels of EU funding;
  • Secondly, the need to ensure a fair distribution of funding between urban and rural areas; and
  • Thirdly, the need to engage communities in the economic development process to identify priorities for spend.

In the post-Brexit landscape, funding may be sourced from, perhaps, private sector investment or government spend in these areas.

Evidently, the three aspects of economic development identified above underline the need for effective governance to ensure continued growth and investment in the city regions, while addressing potential issues such as inequality; and ensuring that economic development is visible, sustainable and enduring.

These are governance as well as economic challenges, and we have seen in terms of devolution, the challenges that have arisen from the Scottish and Welsh cases demonstrated the need to address inequality across devolved areas, and to engage with identity, history and community engagement.

Globally and nationally, successful economic development initiatives require engaged governance processes, drawing together people, place and investment in policy implementation and creating a sustainable level of economic development across the city region. This seminar addresses these issues by undertaking an interpretive governance approach, examining the roles and relations between government and communities.

This seminar, including time for subsequent questions, will take place in the London offices of HMRC on Wednesday 28th February at 2:30 and will be repeated at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School on Thursday 1st March at 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in Lecture Theatre G34

The schedule of 2nd March is as follows:

5:00p.m. Arrival and registration

5:30p.m. Dr Shand will speak on “Urban and Rural Economic Development in the Post-Brexit Landscape: A community governance approach.”

6:30p.m. Q&A

Dr Rory Shand is Reader in Political Economy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

His research focuses on economic development, behavioural governance and social justice. He is author of Governing Sustainable Urban Renewal: Partnerships in Action (Routledge, 2013) and The Governance of Sustainable Rural Renewal: A Comparative Global Perspective (Routledge, 2016) Retirement, Pensions and Justice (Hyde and Shand, 2017) with Palgrave MacMillan, and Sport, Community Regeneration, Governance and Development (2017) with Routledge.

He has published in several titles including Political Studies Review, Policy Studies and International Labour Review, looking at governance and also social policy issues, and contributed to Palgrave edited works on Social Divisions (2013) and Manufacturing Governance (2013).

He has worked on funded projects from the ESRC and HEFCE and has worked with the Department for Communities and Local Government on designing community regeneration mechanisms, and various think tanks, and has most recently worked with a local authority in Greater Manchester.

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