The 40th PoP Seminar: International Approaches to Industrial-Innovation Policy: A Focus on UK and Japan

December 2, 2015


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies
Date(s) December 17, 2015 17:00 — 18:30
Location Hongo Area Campus
Venue Seminar Room #2, Economic Research Annex (Kojima Hall)
Capacity 50 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required

Office for Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) Education Program

The role of innovation policies in supporting manufacturing-based economic growth is the subject of much debate internationally. Particularly in the context of potentially disruptive developments such as the ‘digitisation of manufacturing’ and rapid advances in related emerging technologies, countries around the world are developing new strategies and policies to help their industries overcome current and future competitiveness challenges. Approaches adopted across countries vary considerably, owing to differences in national policy tradition and priorities, industrial strengths and institutional infrastructure.

This talk will discuss recent developments in the industrial-innovation policy agenda in the UK and Japan. Emphasis will be placed on key industrial challenges recently identified in both countries and new institutional approaches aimed at supporting manufacturing innovation. Examples will be drawn from the ‘digitisation of manufacturing’ policy agenda in both countries.

Speaker: Carlos López-Gómez

Carlos López-Gómez is the head of knowledge exchange at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge. His work explores the interfaces of industrial and innovation policy with particular emphasis on how countries capture value through manufacturing innovation. Carlos has advised regional and national governments as well as international institutions, including the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the European Commission as well as regional governments in Mexico and Spain. Carlos is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); and at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), The University of Tokyo.

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