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25th November, 2019

Inspiring Cities 2020

Taking place in Leicester in March 2020, this 2-day national conference brings together leading stakeholders with responsibility for designing and delivering urban initiatives, to set out an agenda for inclusive and intelligent cities over the next decade.

Inspiring Cities 2020

Not since the Urban Task Force has there been a collective exploration of how we undertake urban redevelopment. Inspiring Cities is a place for mayors and other major stakeholders such as LEPs, universities, and development agencies to take a closer look at the key challenges facing cities. The conference will set out a visionary blueprint for urban policy and strategy to secure inclusive growth and wellbeing. 

Through keynote speeches, masterclasses and seminars, Inspiring Cities 2019 will provide a unique space for examining innovation in public service provision, new approaches to achieving inclusive growth, and the use of new tools such as urban and living labs, urban hacking, and social innovation. As such, the conference provides a space for advancing thinking and learning in urban studies and regeneration, and seeks to drive a programme of action and change within leading UK and international cities looking to position the city for a resource for securing growth.

Speakers, facilitators and hosts include:

  • Professor Michael Parkinson – Heseltine Institute for Policy, Practice, and Place
  • Anthony Painter – Action and Research Centre, Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
  • Andrew Carter – Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
  • Dr Suzanne Hall – Co-Director London School of Economics Cities 
  • Cera Wong – Connected Places Catapult
  • Professor Steven Griggs – Director Local Governance Research Centre (DMU)
  • Mikkel CK Holst – City of Copenhagen, Head of Smart Cities & Creative Growth
  • Sir Peter Soulsby – Mayor of Leicester

Themes included in the conference programme include:

  • The role of innovation in positioning and driving change the city
  • Achieving change through social innovation and urban hacking 
  • Establishing Public-Private-People partnerships, and new municipal models 
  • Addressing the global challenge of circular economy, ageing, and inclusion
  • The role of public services, stakeholders, and finance 
  • New wave industrial strategies

The conference is hosted by Leicester’s innoHouse in collaboration with the Mayor of Leicester, De Montfort University, the University of Leicester, the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, and the Centre for Cities. 

Click here for more information and to book your place.

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