To help contribute to the achievement of Scottish Government’s twin objectives of boosting competitiveness whilst tackling inequality, EDAS is launching a new Inclusive Growth Community of Practice to help members and other stakeholders improve practice in this area.
Such a community will provide opportunities to explore ways of improving economic outcomes to enhance wellbeing, quality of life and equity in society. It will provide a platform to help economic development practitioners to share learning on how best to stimulate a growing economy that is more inclusive.
The community aims to -
- Share lessons from experience to shape and improve practice.
- Provide opportunities for engagement and speaker input to aid a better understanding of policy initiatives, theory and ideas.
- Provide a conduit to feed back lessons and insights, themes and issues, from practitioners who are responsible for delivering this agenda on the ground.
- Build on and contribute to other initiatives in this area.
13:30 Arrival and Coffee
14:00 Welcome and Community of Practice Purpose
EDAS Directors, Liz McEntee, Director of External Affairs, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and Charlie Woods, Director, Scottish Universities Insight Institute
14:10 It is anticipated that there will be an update from the Scottish Government on its Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth.
14:20 Where are we now?
Professor Alan McGregor, Research Professor of Economic Development, University of Glasgow
An overview of Scottish Government policy and economic strategy and observations and lessons learned from a long career working on people and place-based regeneration. Alan will also share news of a new Inclusive Growth CPD course he is developing with EDAS.
14:40 Rhetoric versus Reality - Poverty in Scotland and the Impact of Inequality on People's Lives
Dr David Waite, Research Associate, Glasgow City Deal (Urban Studies), University of Glasgow
An overview of JRF findings on the impact of UK policy, questioning the impact of policy silos on, for example, housing and health inequality and child poverty and the potential to address poverty through new welfare powers to the Scottish Parliament.
15:00 Q & A
15:15 Round Table Working Groups
At your table, consider –
- Does our speakers’ input resonate and in what way(s)?
- How might the issues raised inform the work practitioners undertake?
- Are there collective points and shared views that EDAS could raise on behalf of members to policy makers and politicians?
- What issues and themes should be explored at future events?
15:45 Group Feedback & Summing Up
16:00 Networking (close 16:30)