The event is part of the university, Future Global Shocks series which will consider what more we must do as a society to prepare our systems and networks, as well as policy and system relationships, to respond to the major global challenges we face.


Communities, neighbours and local grassroot organisations mobilised rapidly in the wake of the pandemic lockdown, providing essential lifelines and day to day support for isolated individuals and families across the length and breadth of the country. Local communities are also at the heart of responses to local flooding and other environmental emergencies, providing practical and emotional support for people at times of greatest need.

In partnership with the Campaign for Social Sciences and the Scottish Council on Global Affairs, the third event will reflect on recent examples of community support during such crises and consider questions such as:

  • How can communities respond to shocks at a national/global level?
  • What structures could be put in place to allow rapid targeted support whilst encouraging local/grass roots decision making and maximum subsidiarity.
  • Do we have the legal and government structures – as well as the policymaking expertise – in place to respond to future crises?


  • Jeane Freeman OBE, former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in the Scottish Government
  • Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair, South of Scotland Enterprise
  • Lorraine McGrath, Chief Executive, Simon Community Scotland
  • Pippa Milne, Chief Executive, Argyll and Bute Council
  • Professor Fabrice Renaud, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Environmental Risk and Community Resilience
  • Professor Graeme Roy, Dean of External Engagement, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Michael Russell, former Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations of Scotland in the Scottish Government

Learn more about the wider series in this short video:

When and Where

Date: Wednesday 9 November

Time: 1 – 2.30pm

Venue: University of Glasgow Room 127, Rutherford/McCowan Building, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL

This is a hybrid event and attendees can join to attend online.


This event is free, but spaces are limited, so please register on Eventbrite to book your place.

Please note that this is not a SURF event and queries should be directed to the event organiser.

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