Priestley Centre/PCAN (Place-based Climate Action Network) joint seminar
How can Leeds research help society to finance a rapid transition to net-zero?
This webinar, ‘Funding the transition’, will feature two short presentations by:
- Dr Mark Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy
- Dr Anna Barker, Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law
Professor Andy Gouldson, Co-Investigator of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) and Chair of the Leeds Climate Commission, will introduce the event.
Dr Mark Davis will present a talk titled ‘Financing for Society: The Case for Community Municipal Investment’.
Since 2016, collaborative research by Dr Davis has pioneered the use of investment-based crowdfunding to provide a new model of citizen-led ‘place-based’ investment for local authorities. In partnership with Abundance Investment, this research co-created a new Community Municipal Investment (CMI) model to facilitate funding for local green and social infrastructure projects. With councils already set to offer a CMI in 2020/21, Dr Davis will discuss applications of the model and his hope that it will begin to move money for people and planet.
Dr Anna Barker will present a talk titled ‘Community funding for parks and green spaces’.
Over the past decade new infrastructure has been created in the UK to harness community funding for improvements to green spaces, which benefit both people and the climate.
Dr Barker will discuss research she conducted as part of the national Rethinking Parks programme, exploring views towards initiatives that seek to harness voluntary contributions from the local community and businesses, and outline the local approach via Love Leeds Parks. The first grants awarded in Leeds focussed on thirteen projects that benefit the natural environment, in response to the declaration of a climate emergency by Leeds City Council.