National Productivity Week 27th January 2025 | Visit Website

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.


Institutions & Governance

Institutions & Governance

UK productivity suffers from overcentralised decision making, topdownism, short-termism, silos, and the absence of effective joined-up government. The geographical concentration of power may stifle local initiative and innovation. A common research theme is the need to better recognise the interactions between those taking the decisions and those affected by them.

Theme leads

Professor Andy Westwood
Professor Adrian Pabst


Professor David Richards
Professor Michael Kenny


Dr Jack Newman
Dr Marianne Sensier
Professor Patrick Diamond
Dr Anna Sanders (while at Manchester)

Theme Paper

The Politics of Productivity: institutions, governance and policy