The challenges facing coastal communities are increasingly recognised as new and worrying patterns of deprivation have materialised in peripheral coastal areas across the UK and other countries.
With the exception of seaside resorts, there has been limited investigation of the problems experienced in widely varying coastal settlements across different parts of the country. These include unemployment, low incomes, seasonal jobs, low skills and education attainment, social immobility, high rates of anti-depressant and opioid prescribing and poor public health outcomes. International literature on coastal communities is similarly lacking. The ‘levelling’ up of Britain’s periphery to create dynamic, thriving coastal communities is difficult to achieve without a better understanding of the problems and potential solutions.
This webinar series will explore some of the challenges facing coastal communities through a series of themed presentations delivered by key academic, business and government experts, and considers how they may be best addressed through appropriate policy interventions, mechanisms and measures.
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