The UGRG helped to sponsor an event on September 26th at the Tetley in Leeds which brought together 25 scholars from 10 Universities – Leeds, York, Sheffield, Hull, Manchester, Liverpool, Salford, Durham, Newcasle and Glasgow – to discuss the future of the urban north and the role of the urban studies academy in intervening in this future.

Co-sponsored by SURF / Mistra Urban Futures (Salford) and co-organized by Tim May and Beth Perry (SURF/Salford) and Colin McFarlane (Durham), the event generated a wealth of ideas for collaboration across research, pedagogic and institutional/political lines, along with insightful analysis of longstanding issues including links between identity, power, devolution, grassroots politics, infrastructure, and the North/South divide. It was the first event sponsored by a Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant held by Alex Schafran (Leeds) on the future of regionalism in the North.

For further information, you can contact Alex at A.Schafran@leeds.ac.uk

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