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Exploring Varieties of Leadership in Urban and Regional Development

Park House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham
Thursday 12th (12:15) - Friday 13th November 2015 (15:45)
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A Birmingham Business School/Regional Studies Association International Research Seminar organised in association with the Enterprise & Diversity Research Cluster and City-REDI at Birmingham Business School.




13:00: Welcome and Introduction – John Gibney, University of Birmingham.

1st Session Chair: John Gibney

13:15:  Leadership in Urban & Regional Development: What next? – Conceptual and Methodological Considerations 

  • Professor Markku Sotarauta, School of Management, University of Tampere, Finland

Discussant: Chris Collinge

13:45: Leadership in Knowledge Exchange for Regional development: An Educational Perspective.

  • Dr. Frans Padt, AE Luloff, Jeff Bridger and Mallika Bose, Penn State University, USA.

Discussant: Leslie Budd

14:15: Collaborative Leadership in Public Sector Research and Knowledge Exchange: a City-Region Perspective.

  • Professor John Mawson, Director of the Institute for Local Governance, Durham University, UKand Emily Sweetman, Visiting Research Fellow, Newcastle University Business School, UK.

Discussant: Alessandro Sancino

14:45: Nomadic Knowledge Leadership in Trans-territorial Development

  • Chris Collinge and John Gibney, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK; Lummina Horlings, Associate Professor, Rural Sociology Group, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Discussant: Markku Sotarauta


2nd Session Chair: Professor Markku Sotarauta

15:30: Understanding how different varieties of local leadership contribute to creating a sustainable future – and may accelerate the shift to a low carbon economy.

  • Dr. Fred Paterson, Centre for Leadership Development, Derby Business School,

University of Derby, UK.

Discussant: Kiran Trehan

16:00: Place Leadership and Mayors in Australia.

  • Professor Andrew Beer, The University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  •  and Professor John Martin, La Trobe University, Australia

Discussant: Dane Anderton

16:30: City Leadership in Italy and the UK: comparing the case of Milton Keynes and Brescia 

  • Professor Leslie Budd and Dr. Alessandro Sancino, Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise, Open University Business School, Open University, UK.

Discussant: John Shutt


19:00: DINNER: Venue: The Astor Suite – University Centre

Hosted by Professor Simon Collinson, Dean of the Birmingham Business School

Our guest speaker is Stewart Towe CBE, DL,Chair of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Group Chairman & Managing Director of Hadley Industries Holdings Limited.

Personal Reflections on the Experience of Sub-national Economic Development Leadership


3rd Session Chair: Chris Collinge

09:30:Leadership and the Changing Landscape of Urban Entrepreneurship

  • Professor Kiran Trehan, Enterprise & Diversity Research Cluster, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK.

Discussant: Fred Paterson

10:00: Leadership and Entrepreneurship for Innovation in Urban and Regional Settings: exploring theoretical assumptions, identifying future methodological approaches and examining barriers to acheivement

  • Professor Joyce Liddle, CERGAM, University of Aix-Marseilles, France.

Discussant: Frans Padt


10:45: A Relational Approach to Studying Practices and Relations of Public Leaders in Processes of Peripheralisation.

  • Martiene Grootens, Doctoral Research Student, University of Tartu, Estonia, and  Dr. Lummina Horlings, Associate Professor, Rural Sociology Group, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Discussant: John Martin

11:15: Changing Leadership in Peripheral City-Regions: Path dependence, institutions and perceptions in Liverpool’s Life Science Ecology

  • Dr Dane Anderton, Edge Hill University Business School, UK.

Discussant: Andrew Beer

11:45: European Smart City Leadership Networks: Making sense of the barriers that prevent socially-inclusive growth

  • Dr Alyson Nicholds, Business School, University of Middlesex, UK.

Discussant: John Mawson

12:15: Developing a leadership advantage?  An assessment of whether the directly elected mayor model of governance can make a difference

  • Professor Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, UK and Dr David Sweeting, University of Bristol, UK.

Discussant – Gill Bentley


4th Session Chair: Professor Joyce Liddle

13:15: Restructuring English Local Government: Combined Authorities and Devolution Deals:   

Case Studies from the Northern Powerhouse and West Midlands Engine.

  • Professor John Shutt, Leeds Business School, UK and Gill Bentley, Birmingham Business School, UK.

Discussant: Chris Mabey                                                                                                                                   

13:45: Towards a Dynamic Perspective on Leadership in Regional Innovation Systems.

  • Johan Miorner, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden

Discussant: Robin Hambleton

14:15: Where have we got to with the RSA leadership research network? – Where do we go next? 

  • Professor Joyce Liddle, Chair, RSA Leadership Research Network.

Discussion - ALL

14:45:  Developing the next Special Issue of XXXX Journal – discussing journal targets, possible theme(s), possible papers and possible editors.

15:45: CLOSE and TEA

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