Impact, Exchange and Making a Difference

Speaker profiles 

Professor Ron Martin

Ron Martin is a Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute and the British Academy. Ron is president of St. Catharine’s College at Cambridge and holds various academic and non-academic positions. Ron has published widely in five main research areas, including public policy. He has internationally advanced the theoretical debate on geography and public policy with his 2001 paper, which has instigated the development of this conference.


Jon CoaffeeProfessor Jon Coaffee

Professor Coaffee is Chair in Spatial Planning and Urban Resilience at the University of Birmingham. His work focuses upon the interplay of physical and socio-political aspects of resilience in urban areas. In particular it has analysed the ability of businesses, governments and communities to anticipate shocks, and ultimately embed resilience within the built environment, the planning system and everyday activities. Professor Coaffee's work has been widely published and includes a series of highly acclaimed research mongrapths: Terrorism Risk and the City (2003), The Everyday Resilience of the City: How cites respond to terrorism and disaster (2008); Terrorism Risk and the Global City: Towards urban Resilience (2009) and Sustaining and Securing the Olympic City: reconfiguring London for 2012 and beyond.

Professor Peter Alcock

Professor Alcock is the Director of the Third Sector Research Centre. As Professor of Social Policy and Administration, his research has covered the fields of poverty and anti-poverty policy, social security, and the role of the third sector. As director of TSRC he leads the development and delivery of the Centre’s research programmes. He is also stream leader for the Theory and Policy and Economic and Social Impact research streams.

Professor Alcock has over thirty years of experience of academic work in Social Policy. He was Head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work in Birmingham from January 2000 to June 2003, and Head of the School of Social Sciences from 2003-2008. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Professor Alcock is a member of the Steering Group of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, and is Chair of the Editorial Management Board of Voluntary Sector Review. He is a former Chair of the Social Policy Association and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, and Public Management Review.

Trevor Showler

Interim Project Director, Ideas Lab, University of Birmingham.

An award winning documentary producer and director, with senior development and production credits for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, and international broadcasters that include National Geographic and Discovery, Trevor is currently Interim Project Director of Ideas Lab. The unit is tasked with advising, promoting and encouraging university academics in knowledge transfer and public engagement through the media.

Gurpreet JagpalGurpreet Jagpal

Postgraduate Enterprise Consultant and Operations Manager, University of Birmingham.

Gups is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EI) team that promotes enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University of Birmingham. He is responsible for the delivery of the postgraduate and graduate enterprise strategies, working predominantly in delivering programmes and services to Birmingham’s Doctoral Researchers. Through the delivery of professional development programmes, Gups plays a pivotal role in supporting Doctoral Researchers to develop their enterprise skills; expand their views on what an enterprising career may mean for them and help shape their future career direction. He has led on the design and delivery of the Talent Pool programme, Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School and, in collaboration with Aston and Birmingham City Universities, the B-SEEN business start-up programme. .

Research & Commercial Services, University of Birmingham.

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