Monthly Archives: December 2015

Do we need a ‘Citizens’ Convention’ for the North East?

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Last week the 21st Century Challenges programme travelled to Newcastle, to the Great North Museum, to run a public discussion meeting exploring the opportunities and challenges that decentralisation might bring to the North East of England. Our regional partners were the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (APL) at Newcastle University. Chaired

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Future Energy Provision: How can the world understand, anticipate and collaborate? A British Academy event

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24 November 2015 Last week, in the in the run up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), the RGS-IBG Policy Team attended the fourth and final event of the British Academy’s ‘Energy and the environment’ series. Here we heard views from Lord Nick Stern, (President, British Academy), Ed Davey, (former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change),  Joan

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Northern Powerhouse or ‘Northern Powercut’?

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Tomorrow evening (3 December) a panel of distinguished speakers and an equally distinguished chair will take to the stage to discuss, in front of a public audience, the topic of ‘Decentralisation: what’s in it for the North?’. Coming just after the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, when the Chancellor, George Osborne, once again reiterated the Conservatives’ commitment to building a ‘Northern

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Public panel discussion: Integrated Britain?

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Tuesday 15 March 2016 7.00 – 8.30pm Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Globalisation has increased the cross-border and cross-continental movement of people and ideas like never before. The UK, continuing its long history of immigration, is more culturally diverse than ever, with London alone home to 270 nationalities speaking 300 languages. Understanding how our different cultures interact is complex and

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Policy Forum: Europe’s Migration Crisis

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The first 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum of 2016 will take place at the RGS-IBG on 22 March and will consider the issue of ‘Europe’s Migration Crisis‘. How should UK policy-makers respond to the largest movement of people through Europe since 1945? This panel discussion will explore the spatial, cultural, political and economic dimensions of the current ‘EU migrant crisis’. This event

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