09:00, October 23, 2018 – 17:00, October 24, 2018
MMU Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester
To register, please visit: https://rsa-leadership.eventbrite.co.uk
Place leadership research is at a critical juncture. After having reached a wide and new recognition about its importance thanks to work of several scholars (e.g. Beer & Clower, 2014; Collinge et al. 2010; Liddle, 2010; Sotarauta, 2015; Sotarauta et al. 2017), it has now to gain consistency and rigour to foster its contribution to a bigger range of work. Place leadership is characterised by formal and informal mechanisms where different arrangements and constellations of interests coalesce to combine economic, social and environmental objectives to drive transformation. Place leadership can be seen in a variety of multi-level, multi-sectoral, multi-organisational fora. However, place leaders need to combine interests such as businesses, economic institutions, CAs, LEPs Engines, utility companies or ‘Auxiliary Institutions’ with social and civic interests (Universities, Third Sector, Faith Groups, Voluntary/Charitable and Community Sectors) also now known as ‘Anchor Institutions’. Increasingly different conceptualisations are emerging in relation to non-state involvement in place leadership such as third sector, faith groups, voluntary/charitable and community sectors. This conceptual fuzziness needs to be addressed to gain the consistency and rigour in place leadership.
The governance of regions, which undergo radical disruptive changes brought about by events like geo-political changes, civil unrests, environmental degridation, automation and social movements, is a difficult problem to address. Social innovations and entreprenurial leadership are key tools which could provide solutions for the emergence of unforeseen social, environmental and economic tensions. In this process there is an bigger role for nonprofit non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the voluntary engagement that citizens can play in solving such problems. They and their nonprofit organizations carry the risks of introducing social innovation that would not be done by firms or the public sector.
Furthermore, most studies on leadership of place have been done in a Western European context and do not consider the specificities of the the developing Global South and Central or Eastern European context including their institutional arrangments. Moreover, the often institutionally thin environments of peripheral regions, combined with centralization tendencies of national governments, create a very different environment for the role of place leaders than in the more institutional thick and decentralized countries of Europe.
Hence, this network meeting aims to widen contributions from underrepresented regions in Europe but also in Latin America, Asia and Africa following the RSA’s growth and presence in these regions. Equally, we are keen to ensure that this seminar does not take place in isolation from the wider academic debates within Regional Studies. As such we view Brexit and leadership as being inherently linked to the issue of leadership in (re)emerging or new spaces in the policy arena. For example, our network examines Brexit in the same context as the emergence of leadership in Catalonia, Scotland, The Basque Country and Eastern European EU ascension states. In this research network seminar, we encourage and invite research papers, short position papers, commentaries on hot topics/events (e.g. Brexit), and research designs, but are not limited to contributions that address:
- How do we defining the role of civic society and civic institutions as community anchors?
- Leadership and development in transition and post-transition contexts
- How does place leadership contribute to development in the developing global south?
- How does leadership fill the spaces that emerge as new policy tiers are created by political decisions, referenda, new political alliances, and independence movements?
This workshop is held under the auspices of the Regional Studies Association’s network on leadership and urban and regional development, and co-organised by a group of partners from several research institutions.
For more information, please visit: https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/combining-state-and-non-state-partnerships-for-effective-place-leadership/