England & Wales, Global Democracy, devolution and governance, Economy and regeneration

Ask the expert: Inclusive local economies


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We are excited to announce the launch of our latest research report in collaboration with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. The report explores the potential for stable local economies supporting strong social and environmental outcomes without relying on economic growth. To mark this significant milestone, we are hosting a virtual event featuring industry experts who will share their insights on the report’s findings and discuss the practical steps local authorities can take to shift the focus of their economic strategies from growth to stability. Join us for an engaging and informative event that will provide a roadmap for reform in local economic development.

Key outcomes

  • Gain a clear understanding of the opportunities and barriers associated with shifting local economic strategy from growth to stability.
  • Learn practical recommendations and steps that UK local authorities can take to implement these changes and support stable local economies.
  • Engage with industry experts and thought leaders who will share their insights and experiences on the topic, providing valuable networking opportunities and potential avenues for collaboration.

Who should attend

This event is ideal for a wide range of individuals and organizations, including local government officials, policymakers, community leaders, and economic development professionals. It will also be of interest to academics, researchers, and anyone interested in exploring alternative economic models that prioritize social and environmental outcomes over growth. Whether you are looking for practical recommendations for local economic reform or simply want to learn more about the potential for stable local economies, this event is sure to provide valuable insights and networking opportunities.

Your LGIU Experts

Tom Lloyd Goodwin is the Director of Policy and Practice at CLES. He has a background in political economy, political theory, and health services research. Since joining the organization in 2018, he has overseen all policy and practice-related work and communications. Tom has worked with various organizations across academia, local government, the NHS, and the voluntary and community sector. He is an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester and a regular contributor to top publications like The Guardian and New Statesman. Headshot of Tom Lloyd Goodwin
Dr Andrew Walker leads LGIU’s research programme and directs the Local Democracy Research Centre. As part of a collaboration between LGIU and Queen Mary, University of London, Andrew completed a PhD thesis on governance and power following devolution in the Greater Manchester City-Region. He studied politics at the University of Leeds and has an MA in the History of Political Thought from Queen Mary, University of London.

What others are saying about LGIU workshops

“It was really good to hear from both other local authorities and LGIU experts. The experts were excellent in keeping things as clear & simple as possible. The session was chaired well and I very much appreciate the speed at which LGIU put this workshop in place. I took quite a lot away from it.

– Bryn, from Aberystwyth