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Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture - Levelling Up: The Role of Land Markets, Planning and Finance in Driving the Agenda

24 November 2021 at 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM / Online

24 November 2021 at 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
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The talk will examine different aspects of the Levelling Up agenda, both conceptually and also operationally. It will discuss the role that land markets, land use planning and also the links with financial markets play in shaping economic development in general, and also in the specific context of addressing the UK’s interregional inequalities and climate change mitigation strategies. The lessons and insights available from international comparators will be discussed, as well as the specifics of the UK case in the light of international evidence. In particular, there will be a focus on the governance and institutional challenges that need to be considered as we move forward on these issues.

This years lecture will be given by Professor Philip McCann who is Professor of Urban and Regional Economics in the University of Sheffield Management School.

Philip has been a Special Adviser to two European Commissioners for Regional and Urban Policy, and an advisor or consultant to four different directorates at the OECD Paris, the European Investment Bank, as well as government ministries and research institutes in several countries. He was Co-Director of the £2.28 million ESRC Productivity Insights Network+ research programme; a researcher with both UK in a Changing Europe and the ESRC Rebuilding Macroeconomics Network; and now the ‘Geography and Place’ Theme Leader in the ESRC-funded National Productivity Institute research programme.

He is a member of the UK Government’s R&D Place Advisory Group chaired by Amanda Solloway MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Minister for Science, Research and Innovation. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Expert Advisory Panel on Levelling Up 2021-2023 as well as a member of the Assessment Panel of the UKRI SIPF Strength in Places Fund.

Philip is the author of the 570-page book The UK Regional-National Economic Problem: Geography, Globalisation and Governance (2016 Routledge), the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the UK regional problems ever undertaken in a single volume.

The lecture will be chaired by Timothy Crawshaw MRTPI - RTPI Vice President

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