Steve Fothergill is a Professor in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. An economist by background, he has a long track record of influential research in the field of UK regional development. Over the last two decades he has also occupied a pivotal role in efforts to regenerate Britain’s mining areas, for many years as Director of the Coalfield Communities Campaign, representing councils in mining areas, and latterly as Director of the Industrial Communities Alliance, representing local councils across all industrial Britain.
The Industrial Communities Alliance is the all-party association of local authorities in the industrial areas of England, Scotland and Wales. The Alliance was formed in 2007 by the merger of two longer established local authority associations – Coalfield Communities Campaign and Steel Action – and also covers areas where engineering, shipbuilding, textile and other industrial sectors have traditionally been important. The aim of the Alliance is to lobby for the economic, social and environmental renewal of the areas covered by its member authorities.
Alliance National Secretariat, 9 Regent Street, Barnsley, S Yorkshire S70 2EG
Tel 01226 200768
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