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Science and Innovation Policy for Hard Times

Science and Innovation Policy for Hard Times. Productivity Puzzles Season 2, Episode 2  was released on Thursday, 16 February 2023

There is a new UK government department for science, innovation, and technology. Will the new standalone entity turn Britain into the science superpower that it hopes to become? In this podcast episode, our guests discuss if the the new department will lift productivity growth.

The discussion follows a reshuffle of government departments, in the area of economy business, innovation and energy. This led to the creation of a new government department for science, technology and innovation. The episode covers the challenges and opportunities for science and innovation policy and, what can be done to strengthen the role of science and innovation raising productivity.

Host Professor Bart van Ark is joined by:

  • Richard Jones, Vice-President for Innovation and Regional Economic Development and Professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy, University of Manchester.
  • Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge.

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Productivity Puzzles is brought to you by The Productivity Institute, a research body involving nine academic institutions across the UK, eight Regional Productivity Forums throughout the nation, and a national independent Productivity Commission to advise policy makers at all levels of government. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.