Coastal communities face new and worrying patterns of deprivation across the UK, with challenges for peripheral communities extending across employment, skills and education attainment, social immobility, and public health. Despite the evidence of deprivation, there has been little investigation into the problems, their causes and potential solutions.
Evidence presented in the 2021 Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO’s) report suggests that coastal areas have some of the worst health outcomes in England, with low life expectancy and high rates of many major diseases (even after controlling for demography, deprivation and ethnicity).
In order to truly ‘level up’ Britain, it is crucial to have a better understanding of the problems and challenges those on the periphery face so that potential solutions can be effectively deployed to create dynamic, thriving coastal communities.
- Are coastal communities receiving the research and investment they need?
- Are they empowered to be heard in policy decisions?
- What are the barriers to addressing the many complex challenges and how do we overcome them?
These are some of the thought-provoking questions posed by Professor Sheela Agarwal and Professor Sheena Asthana, who will be joined by a prestigious panel of UK Government guests to open up dialogue between academics and policymakers.
In this event, you’ll find lively discussion intended to challenge your perceptions and ignite conversations and collaborations on how to address inter-linked and inter-sectoral problems.
The evening is facilitated by the University’s Centre for Coastal Communities, which contains extensive expertise across a spectrum of disciplines, from economics to education, health and social care to the blue economy and beyond. With strong collaborative links across public, private and third sectors, the Centre is uniquely placed to undertake relevant research to understand problems, co-create solutions and disseminate findings.
This event will take place online using Zoom. It will be of most relevance to those in academia or policy with an interest in the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda from a variety of perspectives, including environment, housing, transport, public health, education, socioeconomics, and social mobility.