Morning breakouts

Walking tours departing at 11.10am

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Manchester, a place in flux

In a break from traditional conference style, we are taking our first set of breakout sessions to the streets of Manchester and taking a look at the changing face of the city, heading from the centre to Collyhurst. Departing from our venue, you will be guided on a bespoke walking tour – developed for the Summit by award winning place researcher and critical thinking tour guide Hayley Flynn – by tour guides from CLES and the Institute of Place Management.

The route we have devised is based on critical thinking evaluations of the developments in the Northern Quarter, Angel Meadows and Ancoats as well as reflections on political economy issues they highlight.


Hayley Flynn is an award-winning placemaking strategist and critical-thinking tour guide. Having achieved an MA in Place Writing, Hayley’s approach to cityscapes is refreshing in both its insight and its interrogation. Not only an esteemed curator and researcher, Hayley is also a tour guide with a difference: delivering guided walks that encourage people to explore and pay more attention to place in work described as “honest tourism”. Her website, Skyliner, has won acclaim such as Best Arts and Culture Blog at The UK Blog Awards and Best City and Neighbourhood Blog at the Manchester Blog Awards and she was appointed as the UK’s first ever “City Curator” for The National Trust.

Maarja Kaaristo is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Tourism Mobilities at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has published mainly on mobilities, waterscapes, inland waterways, water, (rural) tourism, water mobilities, transport tourism, place-making, place management, tourism practices, materialities, and qualitative research methods. She is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF), the Institute of Place Management, the Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE) and the UK Higher Education Academy.

Jenny Kanellopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on Alternative Cultures, Places, and the Law. She has led a British Academy funded project on urban squats, and has published articles and reports on the topic, investigating alternative forms of urban participation from legal, geographical, cultural, and urban policy perspectives. Prior to becoming an academic, she qualified as a lawyer with the Athens Bar, and worked in the public sector, including holding posts with the Industrial Property Organization and the Ministry of Interior in Greece.

Charlie Murphy is a Researcher for CLES. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations in 2019 and completed his Masters in International Political Economy at the University of Manchester. On graduating he worked for Wheatley Group, a large housing, care and property-management group in Scotland. At CLES he supports on a number of projects and works closely with our partners in Scotland.

Tallulah Eyres is a Researcher for CLES and has a specific interest in levelling up and devolution policy, as well as qualitative research methods. Alongside her role at CLES, Tallulah is currently studying for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Tallulah has several years of front-line political and policy experience, having worked for a Member of Parliament, global professional body, as well as international charitable and independent organisations.

Ellie Radcliffe is a Senior Researcher for CLES, having previously developed diverse experience across the third sector, with a career rooted in a passion for social justice.  Ellie delivers research, membership, policy and consultancy work at CLES, and has particular interests in community organising, environmental breakdown and new municipalism. She is an experienced facilitator and her work prior to her time at CLES included hosting spaces where people with lived experience of homelessness could engage with policy-makers around decision making.

Stuart MacDonald is CLES’s Director of Operations and Research. He has 20 years’ experience of project management working across local economic development, urban policy and planning and is responsible for the coordination and management of a range of CLES projects spanning across the organisation. Stuart has a BA in Urban & Regional Studies from Sheffield Hallam and an MA in Economy & Space (Economic Geography) from The University of Manchester.

Tom Lloyd Goodwin is CLES’s Director of Policy and Practice. He has been leading the development of these functions since joining the organisation in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing the output of all policy and practice related work and communications. Since completing his PhD in 2009, Tom has worked with numerous organisations across academia, local government, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector, delivering an array of research and local economic development projects. He is an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester.

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