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

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The event will consider 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 will showcase 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 will also discuss 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 is being organised by the University’s Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) through its South West Brexit Lab.

A full programme will be made available nearer the time but the event will commence at 13:00, with a networking lunch, and run until 17:00.

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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.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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