11th Regeneration Management Research Network

4th Jul 2011, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Foresight Centre, Liverpool

‘Big Society: Little State – Regeneration in Times of Austerity’

A year on from the launch and failure of the Big Society in Liverpool, the 11th Regeneration Management Research Network explores the problematic questions for neighbourhoods, communities and regeneration practitioners.

The event on Monday 4th July 2011 takes place at the Foresight Centre, Liverpool.  It offers a full programme of speakers drawn from Edge Hill University, The University of Liverpool, The University of Manchester, Northumbria University, The University of Brighton and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, as well as colleagues from Third Sector organisations.

Panels will focus upon the concept of Big Society, raising some challenging questions about the role and nature of the state in a new era of austerity.

David Cameron commented on The Big Society on 19th July 2010, saying:

‘You can call it liberalism. You can call it empowerment. You can call it freedom. You can call it responsibility. I call it the Big Society. The Big Society is about a huge culture change… where people, in their everyday lives, in their homes, in their neighbourhoods, in their workplace… don’t always turn to officials, local authorities or central government for answers to the problems they face … but instead feel both free and powerful enough to help themselves and their own communities.

‘It’s about people setting up great new schools. Businesses helping people getting trained for work. Charities working to rehabilitate offenders. It’s about liberation -the biggest, most dramatic redistribution of power from elites in Whitehall to the man and woman on the street.’

The synonyms in this brief quote indicate the breadth of the idea. The 11th Regeneration Management Research Network will ask:

  • What is the Big Society? 
  • What now is the role of the state? 
  • How is it taking shape at a local level? 

The full programme of speakers and panels will be organised into the following sessions:

  • Session 1 – Critiques
  • Session 2 – Impacts
  • Session 3 – Prospects
  • Session 4 – Practitioner Panel

The co-convenors of the Network are Professor John Diamond (Centre for Local Policy Studies, Edge Hill University), Professor Joyce Liddle (Nottingham Trent University) and Doctor Mike Rowe (The University of Liverpool). This event has been organised by Doctor Mike Rowe.

If you require further details or would like to attend this event, please email michael.rowe@liverpool.ac.uk.