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The Future of Inclusive Growth in Leeds City Region - Conference


Our Doctoral Researcher, Sherif Youssef is organising this one day conference to look at the challenges and opportunities for inclusive growth in the Leeds City Region.

While automation could provide added value for both the private and public sectors, it is likely to pose immense challenges to Leeds City Region’s economy in the near future. It is predicted that 30% of UK jobs are at risk of automation in the next few decades, particularly in the post-industrial reality of West Yorkshire. Whilst mainstream economic measures have shown to be incapable of providing more inclusive policies, technological advancements could constitute an opportunity – rather than a source of anxiety- to build a more sustainable society.

This event aims to gather innovative thinkers and practitioners for civic debate: to strategize how new technologies can be used to further a more just distribution of wealth and encourage fairer, more sustainable inclusive growth in the Leeds City Region. This one-day event will combine talks, discussions and breakout sessions and will provide an opportunity to engage with a unique network of Researchers, institutions and businesses for further collaboration. We hope that the event will provide a platform for constructive discussions about the future of the Yorkshire region.

Conference Programme:

To include,

Opening Address - Sherif Youssef, Doctoral Researcher at Leeds University Business School

Keynote - Fiona Bolam, Head of Economic Policy, Sector Development and Innovation, Leeds City Council

Panel Discussion: Inclusive Growth in the Leeds City Region, Challenges and Opportunities

Matthew Brown, Council Leader, Preston City Council
Mike Hawking, Acting Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Stuart Clark, Private Investor & Founder, Leeds Digital Festival
Fiona Bolam, Head of Economic Policy, Sector Development and Innovation, Leeds City Council
Will Richards, Senior Partner, PWC Leeds
Panel Facilitator: Dr Mark Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds
Panel Discussion: Automation and the Future of Work in Leeds City Region

David Bent, Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL
Malcolm Torry, Director, UK Citizens BI Trust/General Manager, BI Earth Network
Will Stronge, Co-founder and Co-Director, Autonomy Institute
Paul Hayes, Corporate Policy Manager, Wakefield City Council
Panel Facilitator: Vera Trappmann, Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds Business School
Workshop: Inclusive Growth, is Entrepreneurship the answer?

Graham Ponton, Leeds City Council
Sherif Youssef, University of Leeds
Carlos Montano, University of Leeds
George Edwards, University of Leeds
Closing Remarks

For event enquiries, please contact Sherif Youssef -