Economic Masterclasses - second series launched

29 Aug 2012     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment’s second masterclass series for voluntary and community organisations begins this September.  The series will examine some of the key economic issues we face today with the aim of ensuring the sector is

The Economic Masterclass series provides an excellent opportunity for the voluntary and community sector to exchange ideas and develop its capacity to influence economic policy debate in Northern Ireland.

Building on the success of last year’s series, the masterclasses will again seek to provide up to date analysis of relevant economic subjects and provide interesting and innovative ways of examining and addressing topical issues.

Masterclasses will be delivered by leading academics and practitioners from across the UK. Attendee participation will be placed at the heart of each seminar and the series will be delivered on the premise that ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’.

Peter Hutchinson, Centre for Economic Empowerment Coordinator at NICVA said:

"The first set of masterclasses was a great success and I am really pleased that we have developed another series to examine some of the key economic issues that are facing Northern Ireland, the sector and the people voluntary and community groups works with.

"We have been able to attract some leading thinkers and practitioners to lead our discussions and debate and I think this reflects the growing contribution the sector is making to key economic debates. Participants really valued the opportunity to quiz and debate with some of the leading thinkers around and our guest speakers were extremely impressed by the standard of questions and analysis.

"The series provides a unique platform for learning and exchanging ideas and I hope that lots or organisations take up the opportunity. I know I am looking forward to some more fascinating sessions."

Civil Society’s role in influencing the global economy, will take place on Friday 21 September 2012 from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Speakers at this session will be Professor Jan Aart Scholte Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for the study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warick and Jim Metcalf, Carnegie UK Trust Practice and Development Manager. Read more and book here.

Examining Corporation Tax, will take place on Tuesday 30 October 10.00am to 12.30pm. Speakers at this session will be Dr Graham Gudgin, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Dr Graham Brownlow Lecturer in Economics at Queen’s University. Read more and book here.

Moving Northern Ireland towards a low carbon economy, will take place on Friday 23 November 2012 from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Speakers at this seminar will be Dr John Barry Associate Director of the Institute for a sustainable World at Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Samuel Fankhauser, Co-Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics. Read more and book here.

Making work pay – delivering a living wage, will take place on Friday 25 January 2013 from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Speakers at this seminar are Kayte Lawton, Senior Research Fellow at IPPR (the institute for Public Policy and Research) and Dr Esmond Birnie, chief economist with PwC Northern Ireland. Read more and book here.

Second annual economic conference

In addition to the masterclass series, the Centre for Economic Empowerment will be hosting its second annual conference in December — Creating the good economy through job creation. The conference will seek to examine in detail how we might boost job creation and further develop the good economy.

Details of the conference will be posted on the website and circulated through eNewsnicvanews and via social media.



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