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Reference Number RES-451-25-4261
Title Challenges to local economic development in an era of climate change and peak oil
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 25%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 90%;
Principal Investigator Dr P (Peter ) North
No email address given
University of Liverpool
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 31 October 2006
End Date 30 April 2009
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £13,466
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region North West
Programme ESRC Oil
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr P (Peter ) North , Geography, University of Liverpool (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Professor S (Simon ) Marvin , Geography, Durham University (0.001%)
Prof H (Helen ) Lawton Smith , School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr S (Stuart ) Wilks-Heeg , Department of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Professor CC (Colin C ) Williams , Management School, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr A (Aidan ) While , Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr A (Alan ) Southern , Management, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Professor I (Irene ) Hardill , Social Sciences, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr P (Paul ) Benneworth , Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, The Netherlands (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.liv.ac.uk/geography/seminars/ESRC-funded_seminar_series.htm
Objectives Objectives not supplied
Abstract Seemingly there is now a consensus about local economic development which focuses on growth through place marketing, infrastructure and communications development; identifying the local economys specific advantage within the global division of labour; and culture. However this as yet uncontested paradigm takes no cognisance of two of the major threats that all local economies will have to deal with over the next twenty years. The first is climate change, leading to extremes of and greater instabilities of weather, or economic activities which fit current climatic conditions becoming no longer viable. The second threat is the end of the era of cheap and plentiful oil, with the knock on that will have for carbon-fuelled economies, cheap transport, less long-distance tourism, and the need to focus more on local production of that which can be produced locally. The seminar series therefore looks to identify the major threats to prosperity and social justice for localeconomies inthe UK from climate change and resource depletion; what threats will require hard choices to be made and which might provide new opportunities; and what contribution can local authorities, NGOs, citizens and academics meaningfully make, and which require more structural change.
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