Brexit: Meeting the Challenge in the South West
  • Mast House, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth PL4 0HJ

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This event considered the implications of Brexit in the South West in key policy areas such as: community relations, economic development, employment, healthcare, migration and the region's place in the world. 

Aimed at stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors, it showcased recent research on the issue, including the iSPER Brexit Papers – a series of reports written by academics and aimed specifically at policy makers, as well as other related academic research. 

Attendees also discussed the opportunities and challenges of Brexit, how the South West could prepare for these, and the key priorities for future research and academic/stakeholder engagement on the issue.

The event was organised by the University’s Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) through its South West Brexit Lab.

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Biography: Oliver Smith

Dr Oliver Smith is Reader in Criminology at the University of Plymouth and leads the iSPER research group on Crime, Justice and Society. He is the founder of the multidisciplinary Deviant Leisure research group and has published extensively on the point of impact between consumerism, leisure and harm. He is author of Contemporary Adulthood and the Night Time Economy, published in 2014 by Palgrave. 

He is an Executive committee member of the British Society for Criminology, and sits on the international advisory boards of the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology and the Center for Studies on Violence, University of West Virginia.

Biography: Charlie Dorr

Charlie is the Research Institute Manager for iSPER – responsible for much of its day-to-day activities, as well as other areas related to research in the Faculty of Business. Prior to joining the faculty, Charlie was a researcher in SERIO, the University’s applied social, economic and market research unit, where he undertook research for a range of clients including Cornwall Development Company, Devon County Council, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, NESTA and NICE. 

He has previously worked for Equality South West, South West councils and Longhust Homes. He holds an MSc in Social Research, an MA in International Studies (International Political Economy) and a BSc in Government.

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