One of the most important things to understanding Brexit is to spend some time in the places where people voted most heavily for it – and that means NOT London. One of the most interesting places to examine on this front is Nottingham, the East Midlands post industrial town that contains both one of the most deprived wards in the country, and one of the wealthiest wards in the country. It also contains the most generous city leaders and academic colleagues imaginable! Thanks to the good offices of Pro-Vice Chancellor Todd Landman, we were graciously hosted by the inimitable Liz Lesquereux, Head of Business and Local Partnerships, Faculty of Financial & Business Services at University of Nottingham, and her ace teammates Jo and David, as well as the incisive and entertaining Nigel Cooke, head of OneNottingham, who completely clarified the complex demographic, social and geographic terrains of the city — all while being incredibly gracious and generous with their time – before we headed off to the University. I really need to figure out how to download Nigel’s brain if we ever have the good fortune to return!
Exploring various visualisations of the city with Nigel really helped us understand how geography and economic development patterns have shaped political outcomes.