Where is the world going?

  • Post Europe    
  • Globalisation
  • Retrenchment
  • Wealth concentration
  • Partnership or conflict

Provisional schedule


Developing opportunities

Professor Christopher Balch, University of Plymouth

  • How can the rural south-west respond?
  • What are the significant opportunities?
  • What is required to seize these opportunities?


Stop the world, I want to get off! How rural communities respond to globalisation 

Prof Michael Woods, Aberystwyth University

  • Will ‘a sense of place’ survive?
  • How will communities change?


No one left behind

Huw Davies, Petroc College

In a dash for growth or the retrenchment of a recession, it is people on the margins of the economy who lose out on life opportunities and, as we move into uncertain times, the challenge to demonstrate that we are a caring and inclusive society grows.


Planning for change – a case study

Philip Cork, Crediton Dairy

Crediton Dairy is a local business working in a traditional industry that has international dimensions. How will it respond to changing markets?

There is nothing more ‘Devon’ than grazing cattle, but what are the international dimensions of running an essentially ’local’ industry? How is growth achieved in a global milk round?


Seed corn for a new world

Dr Sally Basker, Exeter Science Park

Can new technology offer a future for rural communities? Will 'work' inevitably focus on urban centres? 


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