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Can low carbon jobs really level up post-industrial towns? We went to Bolsover to find out

By Richard Bull, Deputy Dean, School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University
Ana Rita Domingues, Lecturer in Sustainability, Nottingham Trent University
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In 2019 Boris Johnson demolished the so-called “red wall” of northern England as scores of Midlands and northern towns voted Conservative for the first time in decades. Bolsover was a key brick in that red wall with the ex-miner and longest-serving Labour MP Dennis Skinner losing his seat after 49 years.

Bolsover is typical of a post-industrial northern town (we can debate whether a north Derbyshire town is “actually” the north) and ranks among the most deprived areas in the UK for education, skills, training, employment and income. It’s not alone. Among the UK’s


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