STUC Research Network Conference – call for contributors on how public ownership can address the challenges of our age
A conference for researchers and unions to be held on February 28 2020 in Glasgow.
Across Europe there have been a wave of re-municipalisation – Local Government taking back control of privatised services.
In the UK, public ownership is also back on the agenda with the Labour Party proposing to take railways, water utilities and the energy network back into public ownership.
In Scotland, the Scottish Government has recently taken public stakes in the shipbuilding firm, Ferguson Marine, the energy fabrication company, Bifab, and Prestwick Airport. Although, in the case of the St Rollox Caley Railworks, the Scottish Government refused to take it in public ownership, leading to the loss of 200 jobs.
In this context, what are the key priorities for public ownership in Scotland? How do we pursue a forward-looking strategy which addresses challenges such as climate change, automation and inequality. What models should be pursued to ensure that public ownership interventions are democratically accountable and financially and environmentally sustainable?
This STUC Research Network conference aims to address these issues through the following questions.
• What are the main challenges of our age and how can public ownership address these?
• What are the priorities for public ownership interventions in Scotland? Is it energy, green infrastructure and construction, housing, transport, digital infrastructure?
• Why is public ownership important and what does it look like in different sectors of the economy?
• What are the implications of surveillance capitalism and the increasing importance of data for public ownership?
• What models would ensure interventions are democratically accountable and financially and environmentally sustainable?
• What challenges exist for public ownership models? Is lack of skills, finance and a particular problem?
• How can unions and other actors successfully leverage Government to intervene?
Academics, trade unionists and other interested parties are invited to give a paper or presentation to the conference. Please submit an abstract or proposal to Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also forward to any colleagues who may be interested.