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A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

Professor Bart van Ark

TPI Managing Director and Principal Investigator and Professor of Productivity Studies at the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

Committees: Management Team, Executive Committee, Executive Team
Research Theme: Social, environmental & technological transitions


Bart van Ark is an internationally acclaimed economist in the field of international comparative productivity measurement and analysis, innovation and technology, and digital transformation, and his research has cut across the areas of economic growth, development economics, economic history and international economics and business.

From 2008 to 2020, he was Chief Economist and Head of the Economy, Strategy and Finance Center at The Conference Board, a global business research think tank headquartered in New York, where he oversaw the production of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts around the globe.

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