Cultural and economic leaders join for next live, online Liverpool Responds event

Join some of Liverpool City Region’s most influential economic and cultural leaders for the next instalment of Liverpool Responds, the University’s live, online event series considering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and what comes next.

Liverpool Responds: Still Beyond the Brink? will be hosted by one of the UK’s leading urban thinkers, Professor Michael Parkinson as he revisits the refrain that has become a feature of his seminal publications; Liverpool On the Brink and the recent, Liverpool Beyond the Brink.

Professor Parkinson will be joined by the Director of Culture Liverpool, Clare McColgan; the Director of Tate Liverpool, Helen Legg; Chief Executive of Sciontec and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, Colin Sinclair; and Mark Basnett, Managing Director of the LCR Growth Platform.

The event follows hot on the heels of Liverpool City Council’s delivery of its £1.4 billion Economic Recovery Plan to Government, which detailed all the measures that need to be taken if the city is to continue its renaissance.

The plan – part of which was written by Clare McColgan – followed the publication of a Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place Policy Brief, authored by Professor Parkinson, which considered the post-covid landscape for Liverpool City Region (LCR).

It suggested that the LCR “must plan for a long haul of at least two years” but that it has “the assets, experience, resilience, commitment and ingenuity” to prosper.

Professor Parkinson pointed to advances made in the health, green and digital sectors, particularly around the Knowledge Quarter, as “assets which will flourish in future precisely because of the nature of this crisis”.

Liverpool Responds: Still Beyond the Brink? takes place live, online from 10.30 on Wednesday July 15. To find out more, please visit