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Lizzie Crowley
Senior Researcher

Innovation in Cities: The importance of place

Wednesday, 20 July 2011
14:00 - 16:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD



Bringing together key figures from business, academia, media and the public sector, this event will discuss the findings of Work Foundation research into innovation and place, as part of the Cities 2020 research programme. 

Innovation - the successful exploitation of new ideas - is a critical driver of economic growth. Cities are vital to this as they provide the environment and infrastructure to support an innovation ecosystem through access to workers, skills and consumers. Understanding the geography of innovation in the UK is vital to help develop policies that can drive innovation and therefore growth at the local and national level. 

Focusing on the policy implications and the role of public and private institutions, this roundtable will address questions such as: 

  • Why are some places more innovative than others? 
  • What comprises the successful innovation ecosystems and what are the social conditions which underpin them? 
  • Is there a rationale for interventions to stimulate innovation in lagging cities? How can innovation ecosystems be strengthened? 
  • What are the roles of Central and Local government, LEP’s and public institutions?

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