5: ‘Governance and self-governance’ Newcastle, 22nd June 2016

Governance and self-governance

Date: 22/6/2016
Venue: Room G21/22, Devonshire Building, Newcastle University (see map)

Seminar summary: This is the fifth seminar in the ESRC-funded Seminar Series Neighbourhood Ways of Knowing and Working co-organised by the Universities of Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle and Oxford Brookes as well as the Department for Communities and Local Government. The seminar series is transdisciplinary and explores neighbourhood working with academics, policy-makers and community experts.

This seminar will focus on empowerment and self-governance and explore the extent to which these are mobilised, experienced and contested. It discusses the extent to which central standard setting and/or rules constrain local decision-making and neighbourhood self-governance as well as the opportunities and the pitfalls of self-governance that are offered by neighbourhood ways of knowing and working.

This event is free. To book your place please register via the booking form

PROGRAMME (topics to be confirmed)

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and introductions (all)

Setting the scene (Simin Davoudi)
10.30-10.45 Devolution to local governments (Keith Shaw)
10.45-11.00 Neighbourhood planning and empowerment (Peter Biggers)
11.00-11.15 Self-governing and neighbourhood planning (John Sturzaker)

11.15-11.30 Questions and discussions


11.45-12.00 Greening the Wingrove (Nigel Todd) tbc
12.00-12.15 An academic in the community (Dave Webb)
12.15-12.30 Ouseburn self-built project (Julia Heslop)
12.30-12.45 Tarset and Greystead Neighbourhood Plan (Liz Juppenlatz)
2.45-13.00 Super-rich neighbourhoods (Roger Burrows)

13.00-13.15 Questions and discussions

LUNCH 13.15–14.00 

TOWN MEETING (Culture Lab, Space 4&5): A piece of theatre that places you at the centre of the story about how communities decide what’s important and why for their place.

14.15-15.45 Cap-a-Pie show

15.45 – 16.00 BREAK

16.00-16.15 Town Meeting, experience from elsewhere (Paul Cowie)

16.15-17.00 Post-show discussions including pros and cons of self-governance (all)


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