Innovation in Real Places: strategies for prosperity in an unforgiving world

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Online public event, United Kingdom


Vidhya Alakeson

Vidhya Alakeson

Chief Executive, Power to Change

Dan Breznitz

Dan Breznitz

Co-Director, Innovation Policy Lab; Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, University of Toronto

David Soskice

David Soskice

Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE Department of Government


Neil Lee

Neil Lee

Professor of Economic Geography, LSE; Associate, III

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest economic shock in living memory, and the economic impact has been uneven across cities and regions. How do we build back better after COVID?

For the last few decades, the dominant growth model has been to focus on technological innovation. Yet, while a small number of cities and regions have benefited, many other communities have struggled. In his latest book, Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, Dan Breznitz sets out to challenge this model and sets out how these communities might succeed. He argues that by understanding the changed structure of the global system of production and then using those insights to enable communities to recognize their own advantages, cities and regions can foster surprising forms of specialized innovation.

Vidhya Alakeson (@vidhyaalakeson) is the founding Chief Executive of Power to Change, an independent trust established in 2015 to support the growth of community businesses across England as a means to creating more prosperous and cohesive communities. To date, Power to Change has invested £80 million in the community business sector and supported over 1,300 community business through targeted grants and support programmes. 

Dan Breznitz (@dbreznitz) is a Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science of the University of Toronto, where he is also the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab. His new book, Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World, is available now. 

David Soskice is Professor of Political Science and Economics and Fellow of the British Academy Department of Government at LSE. He taught macroeconomics at Oxford (Mynors Fellow emeritus, University College) from 1967 to 1990, was then research director/professor at the Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin (1990-2005), and subsequently Research Professor of Comparative Political Economy at Oxford and senior research fellow at Nuffield College, and Research Professor of Political Science at Duke. 

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

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