Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 – Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: McGrath Conference Centre, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
KEY SPEAKERS CONFIRMED INCLUDE:
- Andrew Carter, Centre for Cities
- Professor Susan Christopherson, Cornell University
- Professor Steve Fothergill, Sheffield Hallam University
- Professor Harry Garretsen, University of Groningen
- Professor Robert Huggins, Cardiff University
- Professor Martin Jones, University of Sheffield & Dr David Etherington Middlesex University
- Professor Ron Martin, University of Cambridge
- Professor Philip McCann, University of Groningen
- Dr Mark Roberts, World Bank
- Professor Peter Tyler, University of Cambridge
ISSUES THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED AT THE CONFERENCE INCLUDE:
- What are the trends in city growth?
- Have cities converged or diverged in economic growth over recent decades?
- How has growth varied across different types of city?
- What has been the impact of the recent crisis and recession on city growth trajectories?
- How far has the recovery from the crisis varied across cities?
- What are the determinants of city growth?
- What is the role of economic structure and specialisation and how have these changed?
- Is city size important? Is agglomeration necessarily conducive to growth?
- What are the limits to city growth?
- What are the roles of urban networks and connectivity as drivers of city growth?
- Are cities hubs of enterprise and firm creation?
- Do cities need people with particular skills to thrive?
- What role does good governance play in city growth?
- What is the relationship between income inequalities within cities and their relative growth and performance?
- What influences the adaptive capacity of city economies?
- What do we mean by the ‘adaptive capacity’ of city economies?
- What factors influence a city’s ‘adaptive capacity’?
- Why do cities vary in their ability to undergo economic and industrial renewal?
- What is the role of policy?
- Can policy make a difference to city growth?
- Cities may have different problems hindering growth, and require different policy mixes.
- What sort of institutions are needed to foster city adaptive growth?
- Does the devolution of spending and tax raising powers enhance the growth performance of cities?
- What lessons have been learned from previous policy initiatives?
- How transferable are urban policy experience and what lessons can be shared between urban policy makers around the world?
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