Spanish conference hears how Cumbrian collaborations brings people, place and partnerships together
An academic from the University of Cumbria is taking part in an international event which aims to influence how public and private organisations can work together to benefit both sides of the Atlantic.
Dr David Murphy, deputy director of the Ambleside-based Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) and senior lecturer in strategic management and leadership, is attending the Ibero-American Conference on Sustainable Development Goals The event, held at the University of Salamanca, is part of the university’s 800th anniversary celebrations.
“As part of the event I’ve contributed to the opening plenary looking at place, people and partnerships and how elements are intertwined in places like Cumbria,” Dr Murphy said. “From the Cumbrian pound to the partnerships that are a part of life in the Lake District we have much to share.”
Organisers of the conference planned the event as a way of reaching a collective agreement to drive forward proposed changes that will allow this area of Spain to meet the 2030 UN Agenda Sustainable Development Goals in the Ibero-American region.
“It’s fascinating to witness the kind of discussions taking place here that also happen in Cumbria,” Dr Murphy commented. “This conference may well confirm that only through forming partnerships between public and private institutions, third sector organisations, universities and local communities can real change occur.”
Pictured: Dr Murphy delivering a workshop at the University of Salamanca