Bursting the London Bubble: A Day in Nottingham

On the way to the Midlands!

Incredibly thorough briefing at Nottingham City Hall. They were such gracious hosts!

Nigel Cooke of One Nottingham takes us though the salient demographics and politics of each of Nottingham’s wards.

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!

360 panorama from the top of City Hall, including the historic castle and Lace Market!

Exploring various visualisations of the city with Nigel really helped us understand how geography and economic development patterns have shaped political outcomes.

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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