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2041: Challenges besides Covid over the next 20 years

March 2nd 2021 - Presented by: Phil Brown headshot Phil Brown, Cardiff University Peter Kenway headshot Peter Kenway, New Policy Institute Jess McQuade headshot Jessica McQuade, WWF Cymru

Work, poverty and climate change: Wales’ faces a number of challenges in addition to the pandemic recovery.

As we mark the Bevan Foundation’s 20th birthday, this webinar speculates about what the next 20 years might hold.

Many things have changed in the twenty years since the Bevan Foundation was founded, in the economy, society, environment and Wales’ governance.  But in other ways life – and especially inequalities – remain much the same.  Will the next twenty years bring radical change? Or will 2041 simply be a technological version of today?

This forward-looking discussion between leading experts looks at technology and work, inequality and the climate and nature emergencies we face.


The Presenters:

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Phil Brown, Cardiff University

Phil is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is a global authority on education, technology and the future of work (and other topics) and was Chair of the Welsh Government’s Independent Review of Digital Innovation for the Economy and Future of Work.

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Peter Kenway, New Policy Institute

Peter Kenway is NPI’s director where he has led work on poverty and exclusion for many years. His current interests are the deep-seated economic imbalances afflicting the UK and elsewhere. He has previously prepared bi-annual reports monitoring poverty in Wales and is currently working on a review of poverty issues.

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Jessica McQuade, WWF Cymru

Jess is Head of Policy and Advocacy and leads the policy team at WWF Cymru which seeks to develop and advocate for environmental sustainability in Wales. A former Climate Change Commission member, British Council representative at Rio Plus 20 and community activist, Jess brings a global and local perspective to her approach. She helped establish environmental legislation in Wales and now seeks to deliver on its potential through an evidence based approach and collaboration.

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