The implications of Brexit for economic development and devolved governance

Newcastle Business School, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the University of Cumbria, is organising a series of workshop events aimed at facilitating and fostering knowledge exchange and engagement on the implications of Brexit for the North East of England (NE) and Cumbria.

Funded by the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative and supported by Economic and Social Research Fund (ESRC), the events will bring together experts with complementary interests in economics; regional economic development; public management; industry and innovation, employment policy; and labour market geography.

The coverage will be wide ranging and involve three main themes:

  • The implications for economic development in the NE and Cumbria, particularly focussing on rural development and sectors such as agriculture, renewable energy and tourism;
  • The implications for the NE and Cumbria’s relationship with Scotland, particularly if Brexit leads eventually to a ‘hard’ Anglo-Scottish border separating two countries with differing EU status;
  • The implications for the future of devolution deals and the Northern Powerhouse


  • Richard Baker: Richard is Head of Strategy and Policy for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • Janice Rose: Janice is Economic and Inclusion Policy Manager at Northumberland County Council.
  • Anna Round: Anna is Senior Research Fellow at the IPPR North.
  • Beth Farhat: Beth is the Regional Secretary for the Northern Trade Union Congress (TUC)
  • Ross Smith: Ross is Director of Policy at the North East Chamber of Commerce.
  • Tom Smyth: Tom is Deputy Area Director of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for Yorkshire, Humber and the North East.

The event is free to attend. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

For further information about this event, or to book a place, please contact: Gosia Slusarczyk:

Venue: Newcastle Business School, City Campus East Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 8SE

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