Events

The Productivity Puzzle: can diversity and inclusion unlock the key to growth?

Hosted by The Inclusion Initiative

Online public event

Speakers

Dr Claire Crawford

Dr Claire Crawford

Professor Andy Dickerson

Professor Andy Dickerson

Belton Flournoy

Belton Flournoy

Dr Aliya Hamid Rao

Dr Aliya Hamid Rao

Chair

Dr Grace Lordan

Dr Grace Lordan

Weak productivity in Britain is an acute problem. Explanations have included insufficient necessary skills, an overinvestment in unnecessary skills at the university level, capital shallowing and too little creative destruction. In this webinar we explore a different explanation.

We ask whether a failure to recruit and operationalise diverse talent is an underlying root cause of slow growth. Join Grace Lordan where she will be discussing with a panel of experts the theory and evidence behind the diversity and productivity link. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Claire Crawford (@claire_l_crawf) is an Associate Professor of Economics in the UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She is particularly interested in understanding inequalities in these outcomes and how policy can help reduce these gaps. Claire has a strong track record of high impact research, including giving evidence to a number of select committees on education, social mobility and diversity and inclusion issues. Her work on higher education access and contextualised admissions was submitted as an impact case study to REF2021 by the University of Warwick. 

Andy Dickerson is an applied economist with research and policy interests in the operation and functioning of labour markets, with a particular focus on the measurement, utilisation and value of skills. He sits on the Skills and Productivity Board (SPB), an expert committee providing independent, evidence-based advice to ministers at the Department for Education on matters relating to skills and their contribution to productivity 

Belton Flournoy (@AussieBelton) is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance. Belton was also the founder of Pride in the City for Pride in London, where he ran a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses. He has over a decade of experience supporting clients with deploying strategic solutions across some of the world’s leading financial services institutions, while maintaining a strong passion for ensuring diversity and inclusivity remain high on organisations business agenda. 

Aliya Hamid Rao (@aliyahrao) is a sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the department of Methodology. She uses a gendered lens to examine the institutions of paid work and the domestic realm of the family. Her first book, Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment, was published by the University of California Press (2020). Aliya has articles published in (or forthcoming) in peer reviewed journals like the American Sociological ReviewWork, Employment and SocietyJournal of Marriage and Family, and Gender & Society. She has also written on these topics of work, family, and gender for mainstream publications like the Atlantic, Quartz, and Harvard Business Review

Grace Lordan (@profgracelordan) is the author of Think Big, the Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative and Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her academic writings have been published in top international journals and she has written for the Financial TimesFortuneFast Company and Harvard Business Review.

More about this event

TII (@lse_tii) is a research center at LSE that is creating Inclusive leaders. TII does this by bringing together teaching, research and practice to build more inclusive work environments.

This webinar launches a new project, Diversity and Productivity: from education to work.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSETII

LSE Blogs

Many speakers at LSE events also write for LSE Blogs, which present research and critical commentary accessibly for a public audience. Follow British Politics and Policy, the Business Review, the Impact BlogEuropean Politics and Policy and the LSE Review of Books to learn more about the debates our events series present.

Live captions

Automated live captions will be available at this webinar. Once you join the Zoom webinar, you will be able to show or hide the subtitles by clicking on the “Live Transcript - CC” button, from where you can also change the font size and choose to view the full transcript. Please note that this feature uses Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology, or machine generated transcription, and is not 100% accurate.

Podcasts

We aim to make all LSE events available as a podcast subject to receiving permission from the speaker/s to do this, and subject to no technical problems with the recording of the event. Podcasts are normally available 1-2 working days after the event. Podcasts and videos of past events can be found online.

Social Media

Follow LSE public events on Twitter for notification on the availability of an event podcast, the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates. Event updates and other information about what’s happening at LSE can be found on the LSE's Facebook page and for live photos from events and around campus, follow us on Instagram. For live webcasts and archive video of lectures, follow us on YouTube

LSE in Pictures is a selection of images taken by the school photographer.

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.
How can I attend? Add to calendar

This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.

Registration for this event will open around 10am on Monday 6 February.

For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk.

This event will be streamed live on YouTube.

Twitter

LSE Events LSEpublicevents

🇬🇷 Last week, @PrimeministerGR joined Kevin Featherstone in celebrating 25 years of the Hellenic Observatory… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

6 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE Events LSEpublicevents

RT @CEP_LSE: Alison Wolf points out HE enrolments have expanded hugely across the world. #LSEEducation https://t.co/sw9axjcESN

2 days ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

  Sign up for news about events