Six strategic themes

The commission will consider the themes in six separate hearings. Evidence will be gathered through a targeted call for evidence from specified experts and an open call for evidence from residents.

Demographic and societal challenges

Demographic and societal challenges

This theme would cover the future demography of Hampshire, the changing population and living patterns, and the opportunities and challenges into the future, for example in terms of health and social care, or housing and employment.

Economy

Economy

This theme would look at the future of the Hampshire economy in the context of Brexit, increasing globalisation and the potential digital and automation revolutions. It would look at the most potentially significant factors influencing business investment and location decisions, including local skills and access to housing.

Work, skills and lifestyle

Work, skills and lifestyle

This theme would examine future learning and working patterns, skills needs in a post digital future. It would also look at the wider quality of life within Hampshire such as arts, leisure and culture.

Environment and quality of place

Environment and quality of place

Hampshire’s natural environment is arguably its main economic asset. This theme looks at how a changing climate, different patterns of living and working, and competing demands on countryside and farmland will impact on environmental quality, character and quality of life in Hampshire.

Mobility, connectivity and energy

Mobility, connectivity and energy

This theme includes the transport impact of electric powered and autonomous vehicles, impact of smart technology in homes and workplaces, communications technology, and future energy issues.

Rural Hampshire

Rural Hampshire

This theme could look at how economic, social, technological and environmental changes are likely to affect rural communities, the potential for a rural renaissance and new opportunities for rural communities.