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Rethinking prosperity? This could be the conference for you

Rethinking prosperity: experiments in local economics will be held from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, 14th November 2013 at Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester. The conference is being organised by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), the centre for Research on Socio-Economic Change (CRESC), Equalities NW, Steady State Manchester and MERCi.

Subjects will range from procurement, housing retro-fit and sustainable food to the engagement of local government and civil society. There will also be an exhibition space available during breaks and at the end of the day.

Provisional Programme

10.00 - 10.15 

Registration and coffee

10.15 – 11.00


Session 1 Framing

a) Academic framing – Sukhdev Johal (Queen Mary, University of London)

b) Political/ practical framing – Cllr Alan Sitkin (Enfield BC)

11.00 – 11.45

Session 2 Procurement

a) Framing/ mapping the local economy – Justin Bentham (Salford CC)

b) Application/ putting local procurement into practice – Matthew Jackson (CLES)

11.45 – 12.15 


12.15 – 1.00

Session 3 Housing Retrofit

a) Potential/ scoping – Mark Atherton (AGMA low carbon hub)

b) Into practice – Fiona Crehan (Enfield BC)

1.00 – 2.15

Lunch plus exhibition/marketplace/ laboratory

2.15 – 3.15

Session 4 Food and fuel – joining up fragments

a) b) c)

Broad perspective on food and health – Colin Cox (Manchester, public health)
Rethinking local food/ changing the rules – Kevin Morgan (Cardiff Uni versity) tbc
Experiments – Salford Biospheric project (Vincent Walsh) and Gorton Monastery (Elaine Griffiths)
3.15 – 3.45

Discussion and feedback in the form of 3 useful things

3.45- 4.15

Closing session: wrap up and what next Reflections, wrap up, connections, moving forward:

a) Neil Rousell (Head of Regeneration, Enfield BC))

b) Derek Whyte (Assistant Director Economic Regeneration, Preston CC)

4.15 – 5.00

Tea and discussion Building tour


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