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LSE to host first IdeasLab at World Economic Forum, Davos

Global leaders explored how to do better with less

World PuzzleLeaders from industry, government and civil society joined academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) at an interactive session of the World Economic Forum, Davos, on Wednesday 26 January.

The LSE IdeasLab, which took the theme Doing Better With Less, explored four topics of global importance. LSE Director Howard Davies and Professors Nicholas Stern (pictured below), Nicholas Barr and Oriana Bandiera presented their ideas on public management, tackling climate change, financing education and incentives and performance respectively.

Lord SternEach speaker presented their ideas in a five minute talk with slides. This was followed by the 'Lab' part of the event, an in-depth group discussion with the audience about the ideas presented.

The event was facilitated by Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, who is an alumna of LSE.

LSE Director, Howard Davies, said: 'By bringing together experts in their field and providing a space for collaborative work, the LSE IdeasLab aims to explore the new trends, technologies and discoveries that will be key to ensuring economic growth and political stability.'

Other LSE academics who attended Davos included Professor Ricky Burdett, director of LSE Cities and professor of urban studies, who participated in panel discussions on India and China (Thursday 27 January) and Architecture for Quality of Life (Friday 28 January) and spoke at an Infrastructure and Urban Development Community Dinner - Future of Cities (Thursday 27 January); and Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS, who attended as chair of the World Economic Forum Informed Society Council and who spoke at panels on New Internet Realities, Social Networks, and Governing In A New Media Age  

IdeasLab: Smart Policies for Doing Better with Less with the London School of Economics (LSE) was on Wednesday 26 January at 3.15-4.30pm in the Congress Centre, Flüela.   



Jess Winterstein, Press Office, on 020 7107 5025 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk


Oriana Bandiera is professor of economics at LSE.

Nicholas Barr is professor of public economics at LSE

Howard Davies is Director of LSE.

Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.