Robin Hambleton, Emeritus Professor of City Leadership, University of the West of England, Bristol
Date/Time: Thursday 11 May 2017
Some commentators take the view that the growth of multinational companies operating on a global basis is now so well developed that cities are best viewed as helpless victims in a global flow of events. Distant, unelected decision-makers now determine city futures, not urban residents. This lecture rejected this view and offers a fresh way of thinking about our urban future. It presented a new conceptual framework for understanding placebased leadership, with examples of inspirational civic leadership drawn from other countries, and how English universities could be the sleeping giants of place-based leadership.