The University of Derby recently hosted a new visionary think tank event at its Devonshire Dome campus in Buxton, where more than 40 decision-makers from across the Peak District joined together for a roundtable discussion on the likely impacts of demographic change on the Peak District from both an economic and health and wellbeing perspective.

The event was organised by the Peak District Partnership, in liaison with the Peak District National Park Authority, Business Peak District, Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire and the University of Derby.

The event was launched by the University’s Chancellor, Lord Burlington, and included a series of short presentations from leading academics and sector representatives, with the keynote session being delivered by Professor Warren Manning, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the College of Engineering & Technology.

The roundtable discussion ranged across a number of topics including the impact of changing demographics on labour markets, consumer behaviour and future housing requirements, as well as children’s health, mental health issues and the need for investment in infrastructure and automation.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Commercial Director at the University and Chair of the Peak District Partnership, said: “The high quality discussion generated throughout the event was at times both passionate and contentious, with it leading to a number of calls to action, which will serve as the basis for some important future decisions.

“The overall success led to calls from the attendees for this to be the first of a programme of think tanks, each of which will address a topic of major current or future significance for the Peak District.”

To this end Dr. Dewhurst is calling on residents of the Peak District to submit their suggestions for future Think Tanks by emailing him at


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