Bristol Festival of Economics 2019 preview

Kye Parkin
Communications Executive | Business West
6th November 2019

As a founder member of the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, Business West helped to establish the Bristol Festival of Ideas back in 2005 to provide a year-round forum for ideas to flow in and around the city.

Every November, an offshoot of the Festival of Ideas - the Festival of Economics - brings together economists and experts from around the world to debate some of the key economic questions of our time.

This year the Festival of Economics, programmed by Diane Coyle of University of Cambridge and Enlightenment Economics, will run 19-22 November. Below is a roundup of events most relevant to Business West members:

Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England

19th November, We the Curious

This year’s festival kicks off with a heavyweight keynote from the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney. 

Due to step down on 31 January 2020, Mark will be reflecting on his 7 years in the Bank of England hot seat.

Ask an Economist: Living Wage with Jo Michell

20th November, We the Curious

Coinciding with Living Wage week, Jo Michell, Associate Professor in Economics at UWE Bristol, leads an informal session on the topic of the living wage.

This is a chance for businesses to learn more about the living wage and ask questions in a relaxed and informal setting.

Danielle Walker Palmour - Can We Build an Inclusive Economy?

20th November, We the Curious

Director of Friends Provident Foundation, Danielle Walker Palmour, discusses directions for the future in terms of building a sustainable and inclusive economy.

Bank of England: Breakfast Briefing with Donna Kehoe and Malindi Myers

21st November, Triodos Bank

This breakfast briefing is an opportunity to share your views on the local economy and how it relates to your business, with Bank of England Agents Donna Kehoe and Malindi Myers. The event includes a current forecast for the UK economy, time for questions and networking. A light breakfast buffet is provided.

Ask an Economist: The Environment with Clare Birkett

21st November, We the Curious

What is the ‘green economy’, how did it come about and does it work? Should we have economic growth in a time of climate change? Can we buy our way out of environmental problems? Should and can we put a ‘price’ on how valuable bees are to our economy? Learn about and explore these issues in this interactive workshop with Clare Birkett, Head of Adult Education at Economy.

Why Are So Many Places Becoming ‘Left Behind’? With Ron Martin, Bridget Rosewell, Helen Simpson and Tom Forth (chair)

22nd November, We the Curious

Well-paid, skilled jobs are increasingly concentrated in big cities. What is driving this economic polarisation, is it unstoppable, and what are the implications for towns and rural or seaside places? If you were Minister for the Left Behind, what would your policies be? Ron Martin of University of Cambridge, independent economist Bridget Rosewell, Helen Simpson of University of Bristol and chair, Tom Forth discuss.

Individual tickets or a season pass can be purchased to attend these events here. For more information on the Festival of Economics and the full festival programme visit:

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