BREXIT and the Border - an exploration of the effects on our region

BREXIT and the Border - an exploration of the effects on our region  name

A one-day conference aimed at stimulating debate on the implications of BREXIT for our region is to be held in the Learning Gateway, Fusehill Street campus, University of Cumbria on Friday 10 March 2017, starting at 0930.

The conference, hosted by the University of Cumbria's Centre for Regional and Economic Development (CRED), is the first in a series of three seminars supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative, involving collaboration between the Universities of Cumbria, Northumbria and Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh.

This first conference has attracted high-quality speakers including international scholars on industry and economy. The ‘round table’ discussion will focus on contributions from policymakers and sector specialists in the region as well as contributions from industry representatives in the audience.

Speakers and panellists currently engaged include:

  • David Bailey, Professor of Industry, Aston Business School
  • Ewan Green, Head of Economic Development, Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • Graham Haywood, Director, Cumbria LEP
  • Dr Lois Mansfield, Principal Lecturer in Outdoor Studies, University of Cumbria
  • Jane Meek, Corporate Director of Economic Development, Carlisle City Council
  • Frank Peck, Professor of Regional Economic Development, University of Cumbria
  • Professor Mark Shucksmith (OBE), Director of Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, University of Newcastle
  • John Shutt, Professor of Employment & Regional Development, Leeds Beckett University
  • Simon Sjenitzer, WYG Group
  • Ian Stephens, Chief Executive, Cumbria Tourism.

Professor Frank Peck, director of CRED, emphasises the importance of the conference:

“This event provides a valuable platform for starting the debate on this topic, with acknowledged experts from around the UK as well as local business leaders and stakeholders. The region will be affected by BREXIT in ways that reflect its unique location and environment, and we have to be prepared to deal with any challenges or opportunities that arise from the outcome.”

Delegate numbers are limited - to book a place at the conference, please contact

Image caption: Professor Frank Peck