Inclusive Growth in Cities: Global Lessons for Local Action

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November 2019, The University of Manchester

This first major UK academic conference on inclusive growth brought together scholars both domestic and international from disciplines as diverse as economics, geography, social policy, politics, sociology and urban planning, with policy-makers, practitioners and thought leaders – totalling around 120 delegates.

The key objective was understanding what can be learned for action at the city region scale, and to find new solutions to social and spatial inequalities in the face of increasing social divisions, rising populism and the growing welfare costs of unequal societies.

Keynote presentations were given by: Torsten Bell, Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation; Professor Chris Benner, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change at University of California, Santa Cruz; Professor Ruth Lupton, Head of the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit; Sir Bob Kerslake, Chair of the UK2070 Commission and Professor Teresa Córdova, Director of the Great Cities Institute at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Two back-to-back breakout sessions on day one offered a diverse range of presentations from around the world, and day two of the conference featured study visits across Greater Manchester with representatives of inclusive-growth related initiatives.

Materials are available to download here (zip files):

Parallel session presentations:

Site visit presentations:

This conference was funded by the University of Manchester's Hallsworth Conference Fund and jointly organised by a network of inclusive growth researchers from around the UK, including City-REDI Institute, University of Birmingham, London School of Economics and Political Science, Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, and the University of Glasgow.