Economics: Brunel's Vision for 2050

Thu Nov 16 2023 at 12:00 pm to 01:15 pm

Watershed | Bristol

Bristol Ideas
Publisher/HostBristol Ideas
Economics: Brunel's Vision for 2050
A panel discussion chaired by Ed Conway, economics and data editor for Sky News.
About this Event

If Isambard Kingdom Brunel was here today, what would he want to build? Our panel looks ahead to consider what the great civil engineer’s vision for the future of Bristol, and the UK’s infrastructure, might have been.

This Festival of Economics event will combine history, regional development, architecture and economics, as we reflect on the legacy of Brunel on the city of Bristol – and what his vision for the UKin 2050 might have been.

On the panel, Dr Chris Colvin is an expert on economic history and the interwar economy, while Barra Mac Ruairi is the chief property officer at the University of Bristol, with experience in architecture, planning and urban and regional development. Joining them is Ed Conway, economics and data editor for Sky News.

Brunel’s contribution to the city of Bristol is unparalleled, designing the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Temple Meads Station, and working as chief engineer of the Great Western Railway. Over 150 years later, this panel will discuss infrastructure needs of the city and county, how these should be funded and what governments should prioritise – whether that be transport links, digital networks or building communities.

Please note that we are in the process of comfirming two further speakers for this panel.

This event is supported by the Economics Observatory.


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Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, United Kingdom


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