The ESRC Festival of Social Sciences takes place between 1 and 8 November 2014.

Citizen's takeover of Cornwall Council

What would you do if you were in charge of Cornwall?

A Festival of Social Science research event
Date1 November 2014
Time10:30 to 16:00
PlaceNew County Hall, Truro


This event seeks to turn things on their head and let the people of Cornwall decide what they would do if they were in charge - starting with a blank canvas.

Everyone is welcome to join a open, fun and informative event which will gather your views on Cornwall's distinct (formally recognised) identity.

Cornwall is one of the happiest UK regions, yet it is also a region of high poverty, low wages, and low economic aspiration. 

It is also in receipt of large sums of state aid and support, driven largely by centralised policy, strategy and intervention. 

  • Is this centralised policy making in danger of eroding what makes Cornwall unique and special?
  • Is it effective at helping support people and communities move out of poverty?
  • How do the people of Cornwall perceive the region and do they feel that it offers them a future?
  • What makes Cornwall special and unique?
  • What challenges does Cornwall face and how can we build resilience from the grass roots?

Join us to help answer these questions and many more as we 'takeover' Cornwall Council for a day!

More about the hosts:

Dr Joanie Willett is a lecturer in the University of Exeter Politics department, with a specialism in the politics of identity.


To register for this event please email

ProviderFestival of Social Science
OrganizerDr Joanie Willett

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