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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Levelling up regional resilience: Policy responses to COVID-19

In this Original Thinking webinar we will discuss the lessons that can learned from the impact of the 2008 recession on the UK's regional economy when dealing with the coronavirus pandemic recession.

Event Time
23 Sep 12:00 - 23 Sep 13:00
Event Type

Can lessons be learned from the recovery of UK regions to the global financial crisis of 2008 when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic recession? And does recovery from this crisis offer a chance for truly transformational change to deal with the societal problems of societal inequalities?

These will be among the key questions to be debated at this Original Thinking webinar where we will be joined by Head of Alliance Manchester Business School Professor Fiona Devine, Research Fellow Marianne Sensierand Reader in Innovation Policy and Strategy Dr Elvira Uyarra, who have all written extensively on the impact of the 2008 recession on the UK's regional economy. They will also be joined for this debate by Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice and Vice-Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester.

Our debate will ask whether policy responses to COVID-19 should be directed more at strengthening the resilience of those regions that were least resilient to the 2008 financial crisis, while also taking an in-depth look at whether the government's levelling-up agenda now risks being derailed by the COVID-19 crisis.