12 October 2016
The School of Geography and Planning hosts a debate about the changing landscapes of the South Wales Valleys.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration events the School of Geography and Planning is hosting ‘Changing Landscapes: people, places and politics in the Valleys’ which will open a debate about the changing socio-economic, environmental and political landscapes of the Valleys.
One of the speakers at the event, Dr Victoria Winckler Director of the Bevan Foundation said: “With so many stereotypes and, it has to be said, a fair bit of prejudice, this event is a timely opportunity for a balanced discussion about the future for about three-quarters of a million people in Wales.”
Chair of the event Professor Kevin Morgan, School of Geography and Planning, said: Timing of this event is critical, the Welsh Government has announced the establishment of a ministerial taskforce for the Valleys. They are setting out how they want a new approach to investing in the future of our Valleys that will engage and empower local communities and restore a sense of hope and aspiration. This event will help to open that debate.”
Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science and Member of the Ministerial Taskforce for the Valleys will address attendees at the event alongside a programme of speakers who will all help explore the present state and future options for the Valleys.