Building global Britain

The role of London and the regions

9 December 2020
3:00–4:00pm
Zoom and live stream

If 2020 wasn’t enough, here comes 2021: with the ongoing burden of the pandemic further complicated by Brexit agreements. In the week that CPP launches new analysis on the productivity potential of places across the UK, this event explores the role of London and the regions in making Britain fit for Brexit.

This past year has placed our cities and regions under enormous pressure as central and local leaders sought to manage the fallout from the pandemic. In 2021 the UK's places will continue to be shaped by the ongoing impact of Covid-19 as well as by the future trade relationships with our European neighbours and the rest of the world. 

With the risk of unemployment in the country coming close to the 1980s levels after furlough ends and threatening to derail the government’s levelling up project, the pressure on cities and regions as engines of our economy is higher than ever before if they are to ‘build back better’ in a globalised world. With London potentially at risk of 'levelling down' due to its labour market being hit hardest the capital is also at a crucial crossroads.  

We will be looking at what this new conjuncture means for global Britain and its places in a post-Brexit and post-pandemic world. 

Key questions include: What impact will Brexit have in the UK’s levelling up agenda? What is London’s new role in relation to the rest of the UK and as a major player in the global economy? What is the role of the regions and how can they best be empowered to boost Britain’s global agenda?

Panellists

  • Stefanie Bolzen, UK and Ireland Correspondent, Die Welt
  • Professor Richard Jones, Chair in Materials Physics and Innovation Policy & Associate Vice-President for Innovation and Regional Economic Development at University of Manchester
  • Ben Rogers, Founder and Director, Centre for London
  • Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics at Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School

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Stefanie Bolzen

UK and Ireland Correspondent, Die Welt

Stefanie Bolzen is the UK and Ireland Correspondent for the German newspaper DIE WELT and Sunday edition WELT am Sonntag. Since 2016, a lot of her reporting has focused on Brexit and its economic implications for the European Union. Until 2013, she worked as WELT’s Europe Correspondent in Brussels, covering EU and NATO affairs. Previously, she was a foreign news reporter and editor for Die Welt in Berlin covering issues including EU enlargement, the Balkan conflicts, and energy policy. She trained at Axel Springer Journalist School in Hamburg and Berlin, and studied Modern History at the Universities of Cologne and Seville. She is an alumna of the Milena Jesenská Fellowship and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship.

Professor Richard Jones

Chair in Materials Physics and Innovation Policy & Associate Vice-President for Innovation and Regional Economic Development at University of Manchester

Richard is an experimental soft matter physicist. His first degree and PhD in Physics both come from Cambridge University. Following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, USA, he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, before moving to Sheffield in 1998. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his work in the field of polymers and biopolymers at surfaces and interfaces, and in 2009 he won the Tabor Medal of the UK’s Institute of Physics for his contributions to nanoscience.

He is the author of more than 190 research papers, and three books, Polymers at Surfaces and Interfaces (with Randal Richards, CUP 1999), Soft Condensed Matter, (OUP 2002), and Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life (OUP 2004).

He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Sheffield from 2009 to 2016, was a member of EPSRC Council from 2013 – 2018, and chaired Research England’s Technical Advisory Group for the Knowledge Exchange Framework. He has written extensively about science and innovation policy, and was a member of the Sheffield/Manchester Industrial Strategy Commission.

Ben Rogers

Founder and Director, Centre for London

Ben is an urbanist, researcher, writer and speaker, with a particular interest in urban life, citizenship, public service reform and the built environment. He founded Centre for London in 2011 and has written reports on charitable giving, delivering London’s large sites and the challenges facing the West End.

Previously Ben was an Associate Director of IPPR for five years and subsequently led strategy teams at Haringey Council, the Department for Local Government and Communities and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where he wrote the government’s strategy on ‘Quality of Place’.

Ben is the author of several acclaimed books on philosophy, history and democracy, and an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He has been a Contributing Editor to Prospect Magazine, a visiting fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the London Finance Commission, chaired by Professor Tony Travers. Ben is also a trustee of The Yard Theatre.

Linda Yueh

Fellow in Economics at Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School

Professor Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She is also Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission. Her latest book, The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today, was The Times’s Best Business Books of 2018.