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Ian Brinkley
Economic Advisor

The importance of gender and the knowledge economy to growth

Wednesday, 25 May 2011
17:45 - 19:15
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

Partner policy event:

The importance of gender and the knowledge economy to growth


  • Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research & Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
  • Ian Brinkley, director of Knowledge Economy programme, The Work Foundation

The event:
In the wake of the deepest recession since the 1930s, there is an urgent need to create conditions favourable for economic recovery and sustainable long term growth. Gender and the knowledge economy both play an important role in terms of where future growth will come from, but what is the evidence and what does this tell us about the future of work?

We were delighted to welcome as guest speaker Sylvia Walby, one of the leading authorities on gender. Sylvia Walby OBE was appointed to the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research in 2008 and is also Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. This event saw Sylvia drawing on her extensive research into gender, employment and the knowledge economy, including the book Gendering the Knowledge Economy: Comparative Perspectives (Palgrave) (with Gottfried, Gottschall and Osawa).

This event also drew on the research undertaken by The Work Foundation since 2006 into the Knowledge Economy and Knowledge Workers. The aim of this research has been to set out a credible view of what a balanced and sustainable economy would look like in 2020.

To reserve your place on this event, please email and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number.

Fo more information about joining The Work Foundation's partnership network, please contact Louise Shevlane on 020 7976 3503.

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