The Fire Station, Sunderland I Monday, 24 June

Registration and lunch from 12:30. Conference to begin promptly at 13:30. 

Insights North East (INE) is delighted to invite you to our second annual conference. The conference comes at a critical juncture for the region and will bring together key policymakers, experts and organisations – all seeking to make the most of the opportunity that devolution presents.

The conference will open with a keynote by Fiona Hill, foreign affairs specialist, author, former presidential advisor, and Chancellor of Durham University, who will help to set the scene for an important afternoon of discussions and analysis. After the keynote, we are excited to offer four break-out sessions focussing on regional priorities, and seeking to influence and shape their development. Please indicate your preference for one of these when registering below. If you have any issues with the registration below, you can also register by visiting this link.

Conference Agenda:

12:30-13:30: Registration and lunch

13:30-13:40: Opening and welcome from Professor Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University, and Chair of Insights North East

13:40-14:15: Keynote from Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution; Chancellor, Durham University; former Senior Director for Europe and Russia at the National Security Council of the United States of America

14:20-15:45: Break-out sessions

  • Beyond Growth?  Alternative approaches to regional development and the implications for a new industrial strategy: This session will consider a range of alternative growth ideas including: inclusive growth; wellbeing economy; foundational economy; doughnut economics; community wealth building and ask how they might inform a different approach to the development of industrial strategies.
  • The unseen policymakers: embedding community voices and remaking social infrastructure: This session will consider a range of alternative growth ideas including: inclusive growth; wellbeing economy; foundational economy; doughnut economics; community wealth building and ask how they might inform a different approach to the development of industrial strategies. 
  • How can we transition to a sustainable North East? Overcoming local policy challenges to combat climate change: This session will focus on priority interventions to reduce emissions and combat climate change as well as the work that is being done to build collaboration across the region. 
  • What do we mean by prevention? Seeking a shared endeavour on public service reform: This session will take a cross-system approach to collate differing views on the question of prevention across the public and third sector. Where are the opportunities to find shared priorities in the context of the development of a new radical prevention fund, as outlined in the North East Devolution Deal?

15:45-16:15: Refreshment break

16:20-17:10: Panel – A year of change: charting a new path for the North East

17:10-17:30: Conference close

Confirmed speakers:  Fiona Hill (The Brookings Institution / Durham University), Andy Westwood (The Productivity Institute), Amy Harhoff (Durham County Council), Jane Robinson (Newcastle University), Sarah Glendinning (Northumbria University), Andy Pike (Newcastle University), Anne Green (University of Birmingham), Paul Callaghan (Leighton Group), Graham Thrower (University of Sunderland), Natasha Vall (Teesside University), Liz Todd (Newcastle University), Amanda Bailey (North East Child Poverty Commission), Adrian Dougherty (NECA), Liz Shutt (Insights North East), Neil Heckels (Durham University), Ross Lowrie (NECA), Katharine Rietig (Newcastle University), Hannah Davison (Northumberland County Council). More speakers to be confirmed soon. 

We hope you can join us and look forward to a rich discussion with participants from across the region and beyond.

For any queries, please email Jackalyn.carione@newcastle.ac.uk.