The UK is facing a decisive decade of huge economic change, from restructuring after Brexit and the pandemic, to urgently transitioning towards a net zero future, and adapting to technological shifts amid an ageing population. And while these shifts present big new opportunities for people and places throughout the country, failing to respond to the disruption they will bring carries huge risks - to our living standards, our communities and our planet. The UK’s many strengths must be harnessed to manage this change well.
As part of the Economy 2030 Inquiry - in collaboration with the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE and funded by the Nuffield Foundation - the Resolution Foundation are hosting this event to debate and answer the following important questions:
- How will economic change affect the jobs we do, the places we live and the firms we work for?
- What can we learn from past periods of change?
- And how can we build a new economic strategy that responds to the challenges of the 2020s, as well as our legacy problems of weak productivity, high inequality and stagnating living standards?
Based on the research findings from the Inquiry so far, a panel of experts will discuss how the UK has responded to past periods of economic change, and how to make the coming decade of change a success.
The panel discussion, chaired by Professor Emma Tominey from the University of York, will be followed by a Q&A.
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About the speakers
Torsten Bell is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. He has a background in economic policy, with his current research focusing on inequality, the labour market, tax and beneﬁts, and housing and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the ﬁnancial crisis and as a civil servant.
Kersten England is Chief Executive of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Her key challenges are to ensure that growth in the Bradford economy is sustained and that there is a significant uplift in levels of educational attainment within the district. Prior to taking up her post in Bradford, Kersten was Chief Executive of York for six years. Kersten's career has included work in the voluntary sector, higher education, central government as well as 21 years in local government. She is passionate about community capacity building, diversity and equality, supporting civic leadership and sustainable urban growth.
Chris Giles became economics editor for the Financial Times in October 2004, having previously served as a leader writer. His reporting beat covers global and UK economic affairs and he writes a UK economics column fortnightly. Before joining the Financial Times as economics editor, he was an economics reporter for the BBC, worked for Ofcom, the telecommunications regulator, and started his career with seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Chris loves numbers.
Professor Emma Tominey is Professor of Economics and Deputy Head of the Applied Econometrics Cluster at the University of York. She is an Associate Editor at Fiscal Studies, on the Editorial Board for the Economics Observatory and a member of the Royal Economic Society Committee. Emma’s research interests are labour economics and applied microeconometrics, and she works on topics including youth unemployment and policy evaluation of public sector incentive schemes.
The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank focused on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes. The Foundation works across a wide range of economic and social policy areas, combining their core purpose with a commitment to analytical rigour. These twin pillars of rigour and purpose underpin everything Resolution Foundation do, making them the leading UK authority on securing widely-shared economic growth. The Foundation’s established work programme focuses on incomes, inequality and poverty; jobs, skills and pay; housing; wealth and assets; tax and welfare; public spending and the shape of the state, and economic growth.
The Foundation is currently working on the Economy 2030 Inquiry - a collaboration with the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE, funded by the Nuffield Foundation - that examines the major economic change that Britain will experience in the 2020s, and how the country can best navigate this change to deliver stronger, broad-based growth.