Back on the Agenda? Industrial Policy revisited Conference

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Date(s) - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018
09:00 - 18:00


The 2018 Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society Conference was on the topic of ‘Industrial Policy’ and was held on 12-13 July 2018 at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

After years of disrepute in several countries, Industrial Policy (IP) is back in vogue of late at regional, national and international levels, driven by concerns over competitiveness, globalisation, de-industrialisation, unemployment and, in the European case, by comparatively slow growth. Modern industrial policy is a broad concept and has moved beyond entailing specific industrial policies (that aim to improve the competitiveness of particular firms and sectors); rather, it is increasingly viewed as the architecture through which the state enables businesses and people to acquire new capabilities to enhance growth and socio-economic development within geographical places. A selection of the papers from the conference will be published in the Cambridge journal of Regions, Economy and Society.
The conference themes included:

  • The role of industrial policy in addressing societal challenges
  • Developing place-based industrial policies
  • Enhancing competitiveness through industrial policy
  • Fostering innovation through industrial policy
  • How can notions such as Smart Specialisation, Industry 4.0 and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems inform effective industrial policies?

Speakers included: David Bailey, Amy Glasmeier, Phil Tomlinson, Peter Tyler, Diane Coyle, Antonio Andreoni, Ron Boschma, Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Sandrine Labory, Julie Froud, Dan Coffey, Michael Indergaard, Kevin Morgan, Karen Chapple, Kritsada Patluang, Michael Kitson, Dieter Kogler, Mia Gray, Harry Garretsen, Judith Clifton, Peter Sunley, Ron Martin

CLICK HERE for the Conference Programme.

Registration has now closed for the conference. All attendees to the conference must have registered beforehand. Accommodation was not included in the delegate fees and should be booked separately, see ‘ACCOMMODATION‘ below.

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The conference took place in the McGrath Conference Centre, at St Catharine’s College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RL. There is no parking onsite see the Parking in Cambridge webpage and the Finding the College webpage for further directions to the College.

Accommodation for the conference was to be booked directly, with St Catharine’s College. Please note due to refurbishment work there will be limited accommodation available at St Catharine’s College and this will be allocated on a first come basis.
Alternatively, there are a number of other options nearby, including those listed below:

The Special Issue Editors welcomed papers for consideration from academics and researchers building upon recent research on industrial policy and smart specialisation.
The deadline for papers was 6 January 2018 and is now CLOSED. Full Papers should be received by 1 September 2018. Submissions will be subject to the journal’s normal peer review process. Details of Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society publication process, evaluation criteria and style are available on the Journal’s website
See HERE for further details regarding the call for papers.

Professor Ron Martin, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Tyler, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
Dr Emil Evenhuis, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

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