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Industrial activism, market regulation and the transition to a low-carbon economy

  • Date(s)
    15 October 2009
  • Location

Bringing together a panel of internationally renowned strategic thinkers and policy experts, this high level seminar taking place at No.10 Downing Street will focus on industrial activism, market regulation and the transition to a low carbon economy. The aim is to share international policy experiences and identify best practice in order to inform strategic policy making in Britain.

Each session will involve presentations from speakers followed by roundtable discussions involving seminar participants.

The first session will focus on the future of the global economy and how to build on Britain’s comparative advantage, with the following speakers providing their insights:

André Sapir
, professor of economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and member of the Economic Advisory Group to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
Robert Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC based think tank, and author of The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation That Power
Will Hutton
, executive vice chair of the Work Foundation and author of books such as The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century and The World We’re In

The second session will consider public policies to promote innovation and how to set a new framework for R&D and higher education, with presentations from these speakers:

Laurent Bouvet, professor of political science and political theory at the Université de Nice, and former editor of La Revue Socialiste, the journal of the French Socialist Party.
Reinhilde Veugelers, professor of managerial economics, strategy and innovation at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and a former economic adviser to the European Commission.
Bengt-Åke Lundvall, professor of economics at the University of Aalborg, and an expert in innovation theory and national systems of innovation and competence building.

The third session will examine the economic framework for low carbon investment and how to build sustainable communities, with two speakers exploring these issues:

Eric Beinhocker, a senior adviser to McKinsey and author of The Origin of Wealth
Ricky Burdett, director of the Urban Age Programme and Centennial professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics

Download a detailed agenda here.

The event is the second in a series of two seminars, the first of which took place on 10 September 2009 and focused on social investment and welfare state reform. They form part of a new Policy Network initiative which will focus on the challenge of defining a long-term policy reform agenda in the context of the global economic slowdown and public spending constraints.

If you have any questions about this event, or research initiative, please contact Jade Groves at jgroves@policy-network.net.

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