Interested in UK city devolution? Come to ‘Salford’s take on Devolution’, a networking and ‘research download’

Manchester_Town_Hall_from_Lloyd_StThe SURF team is running a ‘devolution download’ workshop for Salford University colleagues to map our existing and potential interests relevant to the devolution agenda in Greater Manchester and beyond.


With over 250,000 residents, substantial cuts to public sector funding and a rapidly evolving workforce, Salford is set to transform over the next 10-20 years. The devolution agenda will play a significant role in how these changes take place. This event is to scope out the devolution agenda and Salford’s engagement with it – both as a city and in the university.


The event takes place Friday 11th December, Council Chambers in Old Fire Station, University of Salford and runs from Midday to 2pm. Dr Beth Perry, Director of UPRISE/SURF, will give a short welcome and provocation based on her previous and forthcoming research on urban governance and co-production.


Dr Jess Symons will then invite participants to get some lunch and visit 4 different activity tables to ‘download’ information and insight around four questions:


  1. How does your previous and existing research/activity speak to the devolution agenda?
  2. What are the key challenges and opportunities for Salford as a city in a devolved Greater Manchester?
  3. What is distinctive about Salford University’s existing and potential responses to devolution?
  4. What ideas and capacity do you have for taking this forward?


Who should attend? The event is primarily aimed at Salford University staff across all Schools as a first networking opportunity around this key strategic theme. If you are not able to come for the start, you are welcome to ’drop in’ anytime to share your research, activities and ideas.


This workshop is being funded by Mistra Urban Futures, an international centre for sustainable cities with headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. It focuses specifically on co-production between different urban stakeholders through Local Interaction Platforms in Gothenburg (Sweden), Greater Manchester (UK), Cape Town (South Africa) and Kisumu (Kenya)(


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