Regional resilience and time for genuine levelling up


The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has raised the question of what a successful economic response looks like.

The Centre for Brexit Studies latest webinar, which took place earlier this week, brought together our Centre Director, along with three Visiting Professors at the Centre in regional and industrial policy to explore vital aspects of a successful economic response to Covid19.

Centre for Brexit Studies Director, Professor Alex de Ruyter, examined the state of the labour market and the need to reskill to green the economy. Visiting Professor David Bailey, from the Birmingham Business School, articulated what genuine “levelling up” would require.

They were joined by Professor Phil Tomlinson, from the Bath School of Management, who focused on how these measures would enable “smart specialisation”, and Professor Leslie Budd, from The Open University, who articulated the need for regional governance reform to facilitate these measures.

The webinar also included views and opinions from Beverley Nielsen, Ozge Iskit and Ron Martin.

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