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Future Economies launch: Unpacking the Big Economic and Policy Dilemmas (hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University Business School)

Future Economies is an inter-disciplinary research centre focused on addressing the economic challenges facing policy-makers, business and society.

This event will officially launch the centre, bringing together academic experts and senior practitioners to showcase and discuss our work, focusing specifically on local economic development, including the challenge of environmental change and building a sustainable industrial strategy.

14.00 – Arrival and Refreshments
14.30 – Welcome By Professor Donna Lee, Director of Future Economies
14:35 – Afternoon panel session 1: Local Economic Futures
15:30 – Afternoon panel session 2: The Economics of Climate Emergency
16:30 – Book launch: Entering the Global Arena Emerging States, Soft Power Strategies and Sports Mega-Events

16:45 – Break for refreshments

17:15 – Evening panel session: Shaping Local Economic Development Through Industrial Strategy: Are We on the Right Track?

18:45 – Drinks reception

Panel sessions

Local Economic Futures
The panel discusses the challenges facing local economic development, presently and into the future. Participants come from a range of perspectives as they grapple with what are deeply difficult problems during a time of great uncertainty.

Dr David Beel (Future Economies, Manchester Metropolitan University) Chair
Dr Nicola Headlam (BEIS Industrial Strategy Fellow / Urban Transformations, University of Oxford)
Dr Peter O’Brien  (Yorkshire Universities / CURDS, University of Newcastle)
Dr Arianna Giovannini (IPPR North / De Monfort University)
Christian Spence  (Future Economies, Manchester Metropolitan University)

The Economics of Climate Emergency
This session will focus on the challenges which the environmental crisis presents for society and the economy, the government policies and forms of economic transformation required to tackle them, and the prospects of a ‘just transition’ to sustainability.

Dr Valeria Andreoni  (Future Economies, Manchester Metropolitan University) Chair
Alfie Stirling  (New Economics Foundation)
Mark Burton  (Steady State Manchester)
Poppy Turner  (Green New Deal Manchester)

Dr Daniel Bailey (Future Economies, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Shaping Local Economic Development Through Industrial Strategy: Are We on the Right Track?

This panel session will feature local civic and business leaders, alongside academic experts, to discuss the role of local and national institutions in supporting sustainable and equitable economic development. The session is supported by the British Academy.

Professor Donna Lee (Future Economies, Manchester Metropolitan University) Chair
Dr Craig Berry (Future Economies, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Andy Bounds (Financial Times)
Clive Memmott (Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce)
Professor Julie Froud (University of Manchester)

For more information and assistance, please contact Michael Carr at You can also keep up to date with Future Economies on Twitter at @MMU_FutureEcon.

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Event Details

Location Manchester School of Arts (Benzie Building)
Manchester, M15 6ED
Start Thursday 12 Sep 2019 2:00pm
Finish Thursday 12 Sep 2019 6:45pm

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