Ruth Eastwood

New Projects for 2021

New Projects for 2021 Southern Policy Centre seeks to address the unique challenges of the central South through independent policy research by creating a neutral space to think.  In 2021 we begin work on a number of exciting new projects: Business and Green Recovery After a year of ‘lockdown’, we now see a different balance between the economy, our environment and our communities. Working with Terence O’Rourke Ltd,  we will explore how businesses across the region see their wider role…

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About Southern Policy Centre

About Southern Policy Centre The Southern Policy Centre (SPC) was established in 2014 as the only independent think tank and policy forum for central southern England.  We focus broadly on the region from Dorset to West Sussex and the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire. We aim to offer ideas and encourage debate on how we can improve our economy, environment and communities. SPC is a small organisation which operates as a not-for-profit enterprise. All our projects are funded by sponsorship.…

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Seminar: Friday 26th February

In June 2020 the Southern Policy Centre published ‘Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth’ the result of a series of online consultations with key players from business, economic development, local authorities, further and higher education and the voluntary sector. The report focused on priorities for economic recovery for the central South in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the challenges of 2020, this latest seminar will examine what progress has been made since the publication of our report,…

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People living in nested deprivation are not so much the ‘Left Behind’ as the ‘Never Acknowledged’

A new concept of nested deprivation – deprivation that occurs in a row of flats within neighbourhoods that are otherwise affluent is explored in a new paper published by the University of Southampton, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in partnership with the Southern Policy Centre: ‘Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’’ published in April 2020 in the Journal of Representative Democracy.

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