Winners and losers: who should cities work for?

Tuesday 23 May 2017 -
09:30 to 10:15

Does the growth of cities serve the communities most in need? What do we mean by ‘community’ and ‘social mobility’? Can institutions, employers and government shape an agenda of inclusion?

Particular focus will be on the effect that urban development has on the residents of cities and what action needs to be taken to maximise the opportunities and mitigate the negative effects. We will look at three examples - Toronto, Bengaluru and London - and explore the tension between economic and social needs.

Cities often form a crunch point where both opportunity and challenge are most keenly felt. We will draw on expert commentary and innovative examples of world class delivery to explore the issues from a range of perspectives. We will consider what role education institutions, employers and the private sector have to play as well as the effectiveness of central government planning in shaping aspirations for communities and generating inclusive urban growth.


  • Professor Clive Mulholland, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK (Chair) 
  • Professor Ann Hodgson, Professor of Post-Compulsory Education, UCL Institute of Education, UK
  • Professor Kala Sridhar, Professor - Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change, India