Posted on: 22 January, 2019
Application deadline: March 13, 2019

Productivity Insights Network conference, University of Sheffield, UK

Changing the Tone of the Debate: Productivity Insights Network Conference 2019 13th March 2019, Firth Hall, The University of Sheffield

Raising productivity is a central economic challenge in the UK. The Productivity Insights Network (PIN) conference brings together researchers, policymakers, intermediaries and businesses working to identify, advance and implement new insights to address the productivity puzzle in the UK. Join us for an engaging day of talks and expert panel discussions. The conference will be hosted by Lord Jim O’Neill, Chair of PIN’s International Advisory Board.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
  • Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council and Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London.
  • Murray Sherwin, Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission and former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

The event runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Refreshments served from 9.00am.

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Productivity Insights Network Conference 2019 Keynote Speakers

Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His research covers fragile states; restoring growth in African economies, the implications of group psychology for development; migration and refugees, which are the subject of his two most recent books; urbanization in poor countries, a program which has just won challenge funding from the Foreign Office; and the crisis in modern capitalism, which is the subject of his most recent book, The Future of Capitalism, published in October. Sir Paul received a knighthood in 2014 for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa and has been listed as one of the hundred most influential public thinkers in five of the past ten years.

Professor Jennifer Rubin is the Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the largest funder of social science in the UK. Better understanding, measuring and driving improvements in productivity is a current priority for the Council. Jennifer is also Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London where she was the Director of the Policy Institute at King’s before joining UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). She has spent nearly 30 years building and leading research programmes and Institutes inside and outside academia to address a range of societal challenges spanning justice and home affairs, cross-cutting public health and new funding models for public services. In this capacity she has led crossnational comparative research and been an advisor on several reviews focusing on measurement and improving outcomes, including on serious and organised crime for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and on the costs of antimicrobial resistance for the O’Neill Review. She was on the executive team of the not-for-profit policy research institution RAND’s European offices, most recently as  executive Vice President. Jennifer is currently the UK representative on NATO’s task force on ethnic intolerance in the military and is the Executive lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for UKRI. She has advised the Executive offices of the UK and several other European governments, the US, New Zealand, the European Commission and several large foundations based on findings from her research. Jennifer was a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at Harvard following a PhD at the University of Cambridge in social and political sciences and a first class degree in European Politics at Loughborough University.

Murray Sherwin is an economist with over 40 years of experience in a wide variety of public policy roles. He has been Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission since it commenced operations in April 2011. The Commission – an independent Crown entity – conducts in-depth inquiry reports on topics selected by the Government, carries out productivity related research, and promotes understanding of productivity issues. Murray’s previous appointments include: Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand; member of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank; and member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group.