This half day event provides an opportunity to discuss the strategic nature of city deals and to learn from research and practice across the UK and internationally. The event’s speakers will highlight the key policy implications of city deals and provoke a discussion on the challenges and opportunities these new structures present.

The event begins with a networking lunch and is aimed at decision-makers, those working in local authorities, businesses and academic researchers.

The event is organised collaboratively between Swansea University’s Morgan Academy and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).


12:15 Registration and lunch
13:00 Welcome & Introductions by Dr Aled Eirug (Morgan Academy) “What is the Morgan Academy?”
13:05 Keynote Speaker: Prof David Blackaby, Swansea University: “The Welsh Economy”
13:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr David Beel, Manchester Metropolitan University – Situating City Deals in Wales and Swansea Bay
14:00 Keynote Speaker: Prof Andy Pike Professor of Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University – Learning from City Deals
14:30 Keynote speaker: Andrew Carter, Chief Executive Centre for Cities  – The impact of City Deals
15:00 Keynote speaker: Dr Tim Williams, ARUP Australia and Cities Leader for Australia and Chair of Open Cities – What Can City Deals Deliver?
15:30 Keynote speaker: Sophie Howe – Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
16:00 Keynote speaker: Prof Mark Barry, Cardiff University –  A Transport Strategy for City Deals
16:30 Panel Q&A (Visiting Speakers)
17:30 Closing remarks, thanks and next steps – Dr Aled Eiurg/Prof David Blackaby (WISERD)



If you need any further information about the event, please contact Laura Wood,