Conference: A Future for Post-Industrial Communities?

10:30 - 15:00
The Liberty Building, University of Leeds, Moorland Road, Leeds LS3 1DT
Who can attend:
Academics, practitioners and members of the community

This two-day conference is being hosted by the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI), and the charity HOPE not hate

The conference – 'A future for post-industrial communities?' will be attended by practitioners and academics looking to find ways to address the multitude of challenges faced by communities affected by de-industrialisation.

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Event format

10:30 - 11:30 Meet and greet, welcome and opening session
11:30 - 12:45 Session 1: The challenges faced by post-industrial communities
12:45 - 13:15 Workshop 1: Articulating the problem
13:15 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Session 2: Why have post-industrial communities been failed
15:00 - 16:00 Session 3: Who are the actors for change in post-industrial communities
16:15 - 18:00 Workshop 2: How do we build community power to effect change
19:00 Conference dinner: Aagrah
Friday 24 March 2017
09:00 - 09:15 Reflections on day one
09:15 - 10:15 Session 4: Narratives of race, racism and immigration
10:15 - 11:00 Workshop 3: If 'myth busting' doesn't change minds, what conversations can undercut racism and fear
11:00 - 12:15 Session 5: The relationship between health and poverty in post industrial communities
12:15 - 13:00 Session 6: How do we effect change in post-industrial communities
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 Workshop 5: What are we going to do next?
14:30 - 15:00 Concluding and networking

For further information, please contact Jane Holgate at

About the speaker

There will be a number of speakers including: John Page, national organiser for HOPE not hate; Professor Mark Stuart, Director of CERIC; Hilary Benn, MP Leeds Central; Andy Lock, Coalfields Community Trust; Reverend Al Barrett, Hodge Hill Church Birmingham and Dr Mark Stears, New Economic Forum.

For a full list of speakers and their biographies, please read the programme.

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