The Productivity Institute

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Alliance Manchester Business School

Abstract

The Productivity Institute is based on the premise that shared prosperity and global excellence is built on sustained increases in productivity. However, in recent decades productivity has become a major drag on the British economy. The UK's productivity puzzle has many dimensions, manifesting themselves differently across regions and sectors. This includes low productivity growth by international standards, an increasing number of low-productivity firms, and large variations in performance across and within regions. Yet, at the same time, there are example of innovation flourishing (even in some of the worst performing regions) where local sectors, firms or initiatives are generating new products, services and ways of working. Looking forward, several societal transitions will present fresh challenges to the future of the UK's productivity performance, including an ageing population, climate change, and disruptive digitalisation of the economy and society. While these transitions provide opportunities for productivity growth, they can also exacerbate the problem and worsen the trend if not addressed in a systematic and coordinated way. Finally, rising disparities between and inequalities within regions are often a reflection of large variations in people's skill levels and their different access to the resources critical for productivity, namely education, training and healthcare.

There is no 'silver bullet' solution to the UK's productivity challenges. Our core hypothesis is that the country's poor productivity record is a systemic problem related to decades of low investment, including fixed capital formation, R&D spending, infrastructure, human capital, and 'missing capitals' including intangible assets and natural capital. At the same time, the UK's productivity problem has been exacerbated by fragmented decision-making and the absence of broad, well-functioning ecosystems involving business, government and research institutions. Therefore, the two inter-related research priorities are to remove the obstacles to chronic underinvestment; and to tackle the fragmented decision-making and lack of co-ordination of investments at all levels.

The Productivity Institute will provide research-driven solutions to address these challenges, ranging from the growing spatial disparities to the frequent failure of promising innovations to scale up and improve productivity across the UK. It will co-produce all of its work with stakeholders through three concurrent pillars of activity: engagement; research, experimentation and implementation. It will adopt an agile approach in which a significant part of our resources will be used to respond to emerging realities of the current UK productivity context, including through commissioning work across our eight integrated research themes. Finally, The Productivity Institute seeks to scale up local and regional solutions to be applied more broadly in a coordinated manner.

People

ORCID iD

Bart Van Ark (Principal Investigator)
Anthony James Venables (Co-Investigator)
Anna Vignoles (Co-Investigator)
Richard Allmendinger (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1236-3143
Nigel L Driffield (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1056-3117
Frank Willem Geels (Co-Investigator)
Rebecca Riley (Co-Investigator)
Mary O'Mahony (Co-Investigator)
Christopher Warhurst (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1432-1262
Elvira Uyarra (Co-Investigator)
Simone Schnall (Co-Investigator)
John Turner (Co-Investigator)
Stephen Roper (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9702-8696
M Kenny (Co-Investigator)
Janet Godsell (Co-Investigator)
Anthony Leo Rafferty (Co-Investigator)
Philip McCann (Co-Investigator)
Chander Velu (Co-Investigator)
John Tsoukalas (Co-Investigator)
Claudine Anne Bowyer-Crane (Co-Investigator)
Jian-Bo Yang (Co-Investigator)
Garry James Young (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0422-2463
Bridgette Anne Wessels (Co-Investigator)
Adrian Pabst (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3153-1598
David Richards (Co-Investigator)
Jagjit Chadha (Co-Investigator)
Andy Westwood (Co-Investigator)
Jonatan Pinkse (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3237-2776
Vasco Carvalho (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6128-9157
Tim Vorley (Co-Investigator)
Jill Rubery (Co-Investigator)
Cary Cooper (Co-Investigator)
Augustin De Coulon (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4426-203X
Ana Rincon Aznar (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4781-0030
David Nguyen (Co-Investigator)
Eugenio Proto (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7766-6503
Diane Coyle (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7243-1641
Richard Jones (Co-Investigator)
Irina Minodora Surdu (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9645-3674
Damian Grimshaw (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4564-4841
Andrew Gordon Henley (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4057-1679
Matthew Agarwala (Researcher)
 
Description Bart van Ark gives oral evidence to Treasury Select Committee inquiry into "Jobs, growth, and productivity after coronavirus"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/2544/html/
 
Description Chander Velu panel participation with Manufacturing Leaders' Summit
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Digital Transformation
 
Description Dr David Jordan and Professor John Turner Northern Ireland Insight paper was referenced in the Fiscal Commission Interim Report
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.fiscalcommissionni.org/evidence/fcni-interim-report-more-devolution-northern-ireland
 
Description Dr David Jordan and Professor John Turner submitted to NI government consultation
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Dr Matthew Agarwala gave Parliamentary evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/event/7059
 
Description Dr Matthew Agarwala met with The Treasury to discuss Green Bonds Programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact No impacts yet
 
Description Dr Matthew Agarwala: Report on Infrastructure/Wellbeing for Welsh Government and a panellist at a round table for Welsh Cabinet Office & Treasury
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description John Turner: NI Programme for Government Consultation Response
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Raising public awareness of issue of productivity in Northern Ireland; Influencing public policy at a regional level
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood advised Economic Affairs Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld5801/ldselect/ldeconaf/188/18802.htm
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood is a member of The Oldham Economic Review Board
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://oerb.org.uk/
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood participated in The Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/equalities/independent-inequalities-commission/
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood provided expert advice to European Union
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/policy/themes/industrial-transition/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark is a Senior Advisor of the Economy, Strategy and Finance (ESF) Center at The Conference Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark is a member of International Advisory Board of the Circulo de Empresarios
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://frdelpino.es/conferencia-frdelpino/ii-foro-sobre-la-economia-global/
 
Description Professor David Richards gave written evidence on government's Levelling Up the United Kingdom
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/106548/html/
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle cited in the the government's Levelling Up White Paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1052...
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle cited twice in the government's Levelling Up White paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1052...
 
Description Professor Jagjit Chadha gave evidence to the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into Jobs, growth and productivity after coronavirus
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/3419/pdf/
 
Description Professor Jill Rubery presented to BEIS
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/rewage/publications/flexible_working_rewage_consultation_response....
 
Description Professor Jill Rubery spoke at a Briefing circle meeting to discuss the House of Lords select committee on economic affairs report on Covid recovery priorities
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse and Professor Elvira Uyarra were panellists at the Conservative Party Conference 'How can we accelerate the UK's green recovery?'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/activities/party-conferences/
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a panel member at the Labour Conference discussing 'What should an effective green recovery look like?'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/activities/events/previous-events/green-recovery---labour/#d.en....
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield chaired Regional productivity Forum (2021)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Geographically, the Midlands lies at the heart of the UK, and has a population of 10.7m people, 435,000 active businesses, 5.1m jobs and an annual economic output of more than £258bn (2019), it forms a significant part of the national economy. Aggregate productivity for West Midlands and East Midlands has been consistently 0 to 15% below the UK average, though the productivity growth performance of the West Midlands has slightly improved relative to that the East Midlands. Historically the Midlands has been known for manufacturing, and still boasts a number of global brands including Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover in automotive, Alliance Medical in medtech, Mondelez in confectionery, Experian in business services, Bombardier and its predecessors in rail engineering, QinetiQ in defence, RollsRoyce in aerospace, and HSBC in fintech with its new UK HQ in central Birmingham. The challenge now is to translate the Midlands' manufacturing heritage into leading positions building on opportunities presented by industrial digitisation, and electric and autonomous vehicles and electrification. The main cities being Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton in the West, and Nottingham, Derby and Leicester in the East. Birmingham and Leicester in particular have relatively young and diverse populations compared with the UK average, and all are very diverse. Higher level qualifications are increasing faster amongst the workforce than the national rate. The West Midlands is the fastest growing UK region for goods exports. FDI projects have almost tripled since 2011/12. If one considers the essential drivers of productivity, such as agglomeration, innovation, connectivity, firm start-ups, and experience effects, these point to the fact that the region's productivity should be better than it is. In order to fully close the productivity gap (i.e. match the UK productivity levels by 2030), the Midlands' productivity performance would need to increase at a rate of more than 2% per year, meaning the region would need to return to (and exceed) productivity growth rates previously seen in the 1980s and 1990s.
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/TPI-Exec-Summary-Report-Midlands-FINAL-140...
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield gave evidence at 'Cross-border trade in services' and 'Enhancing the attractiveness of the island of Ireland to high-value foreign direct investment' (2021)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Collaboration between NI and RoI on inward investment
URL https://www.esri.ie/events/shared-island-cross-border-trade-in-services-and-enhancing-the-attractive...
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield is a committee member of the Midlands Engine Research parnership (2020)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact better understanding of the evidence base for the region
URL https://www.midlandsengine.org/sector/global/
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield presented at Midlands Engine Quarterly Briefing (2021)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Briefing to stakeholders on three projects
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield presented findings at "sustainable coventry" (2021)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/sustainable-coventry-warwickshire/october-symposium/
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield presented on productivity and levelling up, APPG enterprise (2021)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Changed views
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield provided evidence to DIT select committee enquiry into inward investment (2021)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Evidence to select committee - published
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/903/inward-foreign-direct-investment/publications/written-evid...
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield was an invited member of the Midlands Engine economic observatory board (2021)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Better understanding on what drives inward investment and the links to productivity
URL https://www.midlandsengine.org/observatory/
 
Description Professor Richard Jones cited in Policy Connect thinktank report co-chaired by former Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore MP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/research/empowering-innovation-role-universities-boosting-regional-...
 
Description Professor Richard Jones cited twice in Policy Connect thinktank report co-chaired by former Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore MP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/research/empowering-innovation-role-universities-boosting-regional-...
 
Description Professor Richard Jones gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/2797/html/
 
Description Professor Tony Venables cited in the government's Levelling Up White Paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1052...
 
Description Professor Tony Venables cited in the government's Levelling Up White Paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1052...
 
Description Professor Tony Venables cited twice in the government's Levelling Up White Paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1052...
 
Description Professor Tony Venables met with Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Written evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on Sustaining Local Economic Growth Inquiry, February 2022
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/106548/html/
 
Description Be the Business Partnership 
Organisation Be the Business
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute and Be the Business agree to work together to better understand UK productivity, generate new research and insight into productivity, and use this insight to develop interventions and support to enhance productivity of firms, especially across the SME sector.
Collaborator Contribution To generate new insights on UK productivity at the firm level, and in particular develop a deeper understanding of UK SME behaviours. Make the connection between research insights and practical applications and implementation. Strengthen business engagement with productivity enhancing supports. Design and test SME targeted interventions.
Impact tbc
Start Year 2021
 
Description Capita Sponsorship 
Organisation Capita
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Capita have sponsored the Productivity Institute to produce a 20 episode series of Podcasts over a 12 month period. The podcasts involve participation of various experts within the field of Productivity including academia, policy and business. 10 programmes will be panel discussions between members of TPI together with one or two experts on specific research topics or hot topics in the policy or business environment
Collaborator Contribution Participation of other project partners either as guest speakers, panel members or assisting with content/discussion.
Impact 12 Podcast have currently been produced, all moderated by Prof. Bart van Ark, covering a wide range of Productivity topics; -Why does Productivity Matter? -Productivity in the post-Covid era -Productivity in healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic -Levelling up and the Northern Powerhouse -Hybrid working, well-being and the effort on productivity -Productivity in Northern Ireland -Measuring productivity in the modern economy -Practical Productivity- How to transform performance? -Can labour shortages help raise productivity? -Health and Productivity in the workplace -Industry policy, institutions and fiscal mechanisms -Productivity and Pay
Start Year 2021
 
Description Capita project for practical guidelines for public sector organisations to become more productive. 
Organisation Capita
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The objective of this project is to provide practical guidelines for public sector organisations to become more productive.
Collaborator Contribution The insights from the project: 1.Get public sector executives to better understand what productivity means in their organisation and how it can be made operational. 2.Help their organisations to improve performance through practical tools to raise productivity. 3.Support communication of productivity enhancing methods across public sector organisations. 4.Create a community in which public sector executives can learn from each other on productivity barriers and improvements, as well as engage with colleagues in the private sector to learn from each other.
Impact Full outcomes to be finalised on project completion.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Gatsby Foundation: Skills, Innovation and Productivity: The Role of FE Colleges in Local and Regional Ecosystems 
Organisation Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research is to better understand how the mismatch between supply and demand of vocational skills arises at the regional and local level, and to design and experiment with models that should enhance the role of FE colleges in regional and local innovation ecosystems to improve the match.
Collaborator Contribution The Productivity Institute taps into a wide network of highly qualified academic researchers across eight Russell Group universities who cover critical themes related to productivity, including Human Capital, Knowledge Capital, Governance & Institutions, and Geography & Place. The work is led by the PI, prof. Bart van Ark, and two Co-I's/theme leads, prof. Andy Westwood and prof. Damian Grimshaw. Through its eight Regional Productivity Forums, it has a deep level of engagement with the business and policy communities at regional level across the nation.
Impact Outputs to be established at project completion
Start Year 2021
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Productivity Institute 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Productivity Institute's research programme centres around a core team of about 40 leading researchers from data science, economics, education, engineering, geography, innovation studies, management and political sciences, complemented by a wider group of researchers from across the UK and overseas. The Institute will initially focus on eight research themes for various Research projects across the collaboration: Geography & Place, Social, Environmental & Technological Transitions, Human Capital, Organisational Capital, Knowledge Capital, Macroeconomic Trends & Policy, Institutions & Governance, and Measurements & Methods. The Institute will have a strong focus on regional engagement through the establishment of a network of eight Regional Productivity Forums (RPF), including critical regions in England and the devolved nations. The Forums will be involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute's future research agenda. The Forums' members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each RPF chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities. A National Productivity Council (NPC) will develop and support the national debate on productivity, and promote robust and consistent policies to address the UK's chronic productivity shortfall. Led by NIESR, the NPC shall oversee the Institute's policy engagement at the national level and represents the Institute at UK policy level.
Collaborator Contribution Theme leaders provide leadership for the research themes they are responsible for, designing the theme's research programme, reviewing research proposals and assigning researchers' time to specific projects. Leads for the Regional Productivity Forums are responsible for the activities of the Regional Productivity Forums. They work with the RPF's chairpersons to recruit a group of active participants, develop a programme focused on business and policy engagement that identifies the key productivity issues in the region/nation's context, disseminates the Institute's insights, formulates research priorities, and develop proposals for business innovation projects.
Impact Full list of outcomes and activities are listed under each section.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate webinar on Entrepreneurship and Productivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Bart van Ark gave a presentation and took part in a discussion with Dutch policy makers, academics and business leaders on the productivity agenda for the Netherlands and its relationship to entrepreneurship, innovation and the net Zero economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ecp.nl/agenda/ezk-webinar-ondernemerschap-en-productiviteit/
 
Description 'Levelling up will not work without the development of localism' - Commentary piece for UK in a Changing Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Critical analysis of the Government's levelling-up strategy that makes the case that - despite the centrality of the levelling up to the government's post-Brexit agenda, it is difficult to see how it can fundamentally transform the regional inequality without addressing the relationship between the centre and localities. Levelling up needs local regions with revenue streams that are not directly controlled by the Treasury, the ability to adapt to local requirements for investment on a long-term basis, and the strategic capacity to link issues of infrastructure to education, housing, training. Investment and productivity. At the same time none of this will work until local authorities are properly accountable to their communities and the chains of accountability flow downwards and not simply up to central government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/regional-localism-levelling-up/
 
Description 'The UK Productivity-Governance Puzzle' commentary piece in On Productivity [Policy@Manchester] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Sets out the contours of the UK Governance-Productivity puzzle and argues that a new framework is needed in which processes of decision-making and policy implementation move beyond a government-centred approach to account for more complex, de-centred forms of network governance. This is one of the most significant debates confronting UK public policy, focused on the development of network governance and how it has led to both an erosion of state capacity and attempts to reconstruct it in the light of the pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Andrew Westwood is mentioned in Times Higher Education Article 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 9th Sept 2021 Andrew Westwood is quoted in Times Higher Education Article 'Fear over 'lack of strategic focus' in Treasury's growing HE role'. The article looks at the spending review and the questions around what the Treasury wants from universities. He specifically mentions the link between mass higher education and impact on the economy, wages and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/fear-over-lack-strategic-focus-treasurys-growing-he-role
 
Description Andrew Westwood participated in Podcast with Northern Agenda on 'Reaction to the Levelling Up White Paper: what does it mean for the North?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact February 2022: Andrew Westwood participated in Podcast with Northern Agenda on 'Reaction to the Levelling Up White Paper: what does it mean for the North?'. The podcast was obtaining initial reactions/responses to the release of the Levelling up White paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.spreaker.com/user/14344145/the-northern-agenda-levelling-up-white-p
 
Description Andrew Westwood participated on a Podcast Panel with Centre For Cities discussing 'Levelling Up: What does the White Paper mean for devolution?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 2nd March 2022: Andrew Westwood participated on a Podcast Panel with Centre For Cities discussing 'Levelling Up: What does the White Paper mean for devolution?'. The panel discussed what the recently-published Levelling Up White Paper means for devolution and the implications this has for the future of local government in England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Andrew Westwood writes article for FE Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 8th March 2022 Andrew Westwood and Ben Verinder write for FE Week on 'Rationing access to student loans will hit FE colleges harder than universities'. The article discusses the Augar review and looks at Augar's 'missing middle' remains a very real problem, that students without minimum grades also have a limited choice of other routes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://feweek.co.uk/rationing-access-to-student-loans-will-hit-fe-colleges-harder-than-universities...
 
Description Andrew Westwood wrote a blog for the Centre For Cities discussing 'Metro mayors and the changing nature of urban politics' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 23rd April 2021- Andrew Westwood wrote a blog for the Centre For Cities discussing 'Metro mayors and the changing nature of urban politics'. The podcast looks over the previous year (2021) and discusses what voters think/ feel about the places where they live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bart van Ark and Matthew Agarwala spoke at Productivity & Well-Being for National Forum for Health and Wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 26th January 2021 Introduction of The Productivity Institute to business leaders in the area of health and well-being, and discussion on the relationship between productivity and well-being.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bart van Ark and The Productivity Institute mentioned in FT article 'UK productivity crisis less acute than previously thought'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bart van Ark and TPI were mentioned in a Financial Times article by Valentina Romei 'UK productivity crisis less acute than previously thought,
ONS revises up figures for economic growth after the financial crash, led by telecoms sector'.

"Bart van Ark, managing director of The Productivity Institute, a research organisation, said the changes to the method of calculation were "a good thing" and "long overdue"."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ft.com/content/ec40ebba-3b3c-4797-ad12-14569afe9f28
 
Description Bart van Ark chaired and Richard Jones was a keynote speaker on 'Innovation and Productivity: Shaping a new Greater Manchester Agenda' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar, organised by Policy@Manchester and The Productivity Institute, brings leading experts in innovation and productivity studies together with national and local policymakers. It will directly inform the development of the city region's emerging innovation strategy and the activities that Innovation GM undertakes to improve productivity and prosperity across Greater Manchester and beyond. The round table explored; the role of innovation in driving Greater Manchester's future competitiveness and meeting key strategic objectives such as net zero carbon and closing health inequalities. How innovation policy can 'level up' prosperity across Greater Manchester's cities, towns and industrial areas. How Greater Manchester's science and innovation assets can catalyse growth across the Northern Powerhouse and UK. The new appraisal and investment models needed to catalyse increased public and private sector investment into R&D. The actions public and private sector leaders in Greater Manchester, and the UK government and its agencies, need to take to drive an innovation-led high productivity future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bart van Ark participated in a discussion event on the 'Future of Work and Skills Development' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30th Sept 2020 Bart van Ark attended a workshop session exploring the Future of Work and Skills. The session was organised by Future on behalf of Amazon on possibilities for new work in the area for skills development and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Bart van Ark presenting at the ONS Productivity User Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20th May 2021 Professor Bart van Ark presented at the ONS Productivity User Event.

The event provided opportunity to gather ideas and discuss the ONS productivity measures. This included output per hour, output per job and output per worker for the whole economy and a range of industries; productivity in the public services; multi-factor productivity and unit labour costs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/productivity-user-event-tickets-151053903291
 
Description Bart van Ark was a panellist for a Conference Board event 'Window On: Trends in Productivity' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 28 March 2021 Bart van Ark was a panellist for a Conference Board event 'Window On: Trends in Productivity'. The discussion looked at the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on productivity in 2020, 2021 and beyond. The panel also looked at industry productivity growth and looked at the government impact on technology absorption and faster productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.conference-board.org/webcast/window-on/Window-On-April-2021
 
Description Bart van Ark was quoted in the Canada's National Post article "Working from home is more productive than going to the office, U.K. data shows" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 12/2/22

Bart van Ark was interviewed in the Times about new ONS productivity figures. His quotes were picked up by Mail Online. That article - and Professor van Ark's quotes - were subsequently picked up by three online publications in Toronto, Canada: The National Post, the Edmonton Journal and The Strathroy Age Dispatch (all owned by the same publisher).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://nationalpost.com/news/world/working-from-home-is-more-productive-than-going-to-the-office-u-...
 
Description Bart van Ark wrote a blog titled 'Summer Recovery in Productivity will be Short Lived' for Manchester University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Published 12th November 2020 Bart van Ark wrote article on 'Summer Recovery in Productivity will be Short Lived' in response to the publication of the flash productivity results by ONS for Q3-2020. Within the article he discusses the national lockdown and further restrictive measures that could dampen the recovery in the economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/news/summer-recovery-in-productivity-will-be-short-lived/?u...
 
Description Bart van Ark, Tim Vorley, Andy Westwood and Damian Grimshaw spoke at Productivity Institute webinar with AOC (Association of Colleges) 'How can Colleges Strengthen Business Innovation and Improve Productivity in Local Communities' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 19 May 2021. Bart van Ark, Tim Vorley, Andy Westwood and Damian Grimshaw spoke at Productivity Institute webinar with aoc (Association of Colleges) 'How can Colleges Strengthen Business Innovation and Improve Productivity in Local Communities'. They discussed why does productivity matter for economic growth and people welfare and how technology/innovation can help raise productivity/skils. They also discussed what policies and challenges does further education in England face to develop skills for productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bart van Ark, Tony Venables, Stephen Roper and Diane Coyle spoke at CompNet #ProdTalks on 4 May 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact May 2021 Professors Bart van Ark, Tony Venables and Diane Coyle spoke on their recent TPI papers and Professor Stephen Roper presented about the productivity impacts of government support measures during Covid-19. Papers discussed: Diane Coyle, Kaya Dreesbeimdiek and Annabel Manley paper on 'Productivity in UK healthcare during and after the Covid-19 pandemic' and Stephen Roper, Halima Jibril, and Mark Hart's paper 'An early econometric assessment of the likely productivity effects of UK COVID-19 support measures for SMEs'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://hs-8812136.t.hubspotfree-hh.net/e2t/tc/VWGssS6P_GwnW3YqnBj5YM3J_W6rg8CD4qW8JbM5Y3l53lGn_V1-W...
 
Description Bennett Institute Podcast - Building Forward: Investing in a resilient recovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Building Forward: Investing in a resilient recovery, a report from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, finds that investing public funds - in people's health and skills, and in social, natural, and physical capital is the best way to build forward to a more resilient and prosperous future, and to deliver the 'levelling up' agenda.

The podcast featured TPI academics Professor Diane Coyle, Dr Matthew Agarwala and Professor Dimitri Zenghelis discussing the key findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/building-forward-investing-in-a-resilient-recovery/id153961449...
 
Description Blog post on HEPI website What does 'Levelling Up' R&D look like?' by Andy Westwood 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 19 May 2021. Andrew Westwood wrote a blog for the Higher Education Policy Institute titled 'What does 'Levelling Up' R&D look like?'. In the blog he discusses regional inequalities, the effects of leaving the EU and links to economic growth. The blog also mentioned that the Productivity Institute acknowledges both the urgency of addressing spatial inequalities not just in the different economic performances of regions but in the comparatively poor performance of second tier cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2021/05/19/what-does-levelling-up-rd-look-like/
 
Description Chander Velu participated in Webinar with CATS School Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact May 2021: Chander Velu participated in Webinar with CATS School Cambridge looking at digital technologies, innovation and the productivity paradox
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Chander Velu participated in Webinar with Scottish Enterprise 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact June 2021: Chander Velu participated in Webinar with Scottish Enterprise looking at digital transformation and how it can create value.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Diane Coyle wrote an article for the Project Syndicate 'The key to the productivity puzzle' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Published 13th October 2020 Diane Coyle wrote an article for the Project Syndicate 'The key to the productivity puzzle'. The article discusses why the well known factors for stagnant productivity are given little attention to figuring out how to address these problems in a coordinated way by economists and policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/coordinated-collective-action-boosts-productivity-by-di...
 
Description Dimitri Zenghelis wrote a blog for the Bennett Institute 'The Treasury needs to hold its nerve: investing in climate action is Britain's biggest economic opportunity in a generation' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact October 2021: Dimitri Zenghelis wrote a blog for the Bennett Institute 'The Treasury needs to hold its nerve: investing in climate action is Britain's biggest economic opportunity in a generation' specifically outlining the productivity benefits: "Net zero prosperity includes jobs, too. There's money and security to be found in some of the fastest-growing industries like broadband and smart connectivity (to more efficiently monitor and manage our use of resources), electric vehicle charging networks, renewable energy and battery storage, and retrofitting buildings to make them greener. Research shows that developing these clusters of British industrial excellence has knock-on effects: knowledge spills over from one technology to another, boosting productivity and strengthening skills and expertise in our workforce".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/blog/climate-action-opportunity/
 
Description Dimitri Zhengelis Productivity opportunities and risks in a transformative, low-carbon and digital age 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Productivity opportunities and risks in a transformative, low-carbon and digital age. Webinar lecture, GRI LSE, presented by Dimitri Zhengelis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Dr Chander Velu presented Digital Technologies, Innovation and the Productivity Paradox, CATS School Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Chander Velu presented Digital Technologies, Innovation and the Productivity Paradox, CATS School Cambridge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Dr David Jordan and Professor John Turner were quoted in article in SyncNI 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 18th November 2021: Dr David Jordan and Professor John Turner were quoted in article in SyncNI from the launch of NI TPI Insight Paper 'Green Paper highlights key issues and solutions for poor productivity in Northern Ireland'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://syncni.com/article/8075/green-paper-highlights-key-issues-and-solutions-for-poor-productivit...
 
Description Dr David Jordan invited to speak on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme about Northern Ireland productivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr David Jordan invited to speak on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme on 18 November 2021 on the topic of productivity. Dr Jordan was a co-author of "Northern Ireland's Productivity Puzzle: Exploring the Issues."

Listen again link no longer available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Dr David Jordan participated in a panel with BBC Radio Ulster Talkback 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 16th November 2021: Dr David Jordan participated in a panel with BBC Radio Ulster Talkback discussing Northern Ireland's productivity problem 'Working 9-2: Productivity in Northern Ireland', with Richard Ramsey and Louise Warde.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0011ky6
 
Description Dr David Jordan presented to the Queen's University Belfast Economics Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr David Jordan presented to the Queen's University Belfast Economics Society discussing 'Why is productivity so low in Northern Ireland?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Dr David Jordan was interviewed by BBC Radio Ulster Evening Extra 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 18th November 2021: Dr David Jordan was interviewed by BBC Radio Ulster Evening Extra on launch of NI TPI Insight Paper and Northern Ireland's productivity problem
'Low Productivity in Northern Ireland'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0011kpd
 
Description Dr Enrico Vanino wrote a blog for the TPI website "Identifying Industrial Renewal Paths of Places for Levelling Up" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 January 2022

The blog, written by Enrico Vanino (University of Sheffield), presents the key findings from a report on Identifying Places Industrial Renewal Paths in the UK and the underlying data dashboard, developed during his academic secondment at the Cities and Local Growth Analysis Unit in BEIS funded by ESRC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/news/identifying-industrial-renewal-paths-of-places-for-levelling-up/
 
Description Dr Marianne Sensier was quoted in the ProManchester article "Business heavyweights back North West productivity plans" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30/11/21

Dr. Marianne Sensier was quoted in the press release promoting the research paper "The North West of England's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" alongside North West Regional Productivity Forum members Jennifer Hallidsay, Emma Degg and Jessica Bowles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.pro-manchester.co.uk/newsrooms/business-heavyweights-back-north-west-productivity-plans/
 
Description Dr Matthew Agarwala- contributed to an article in The Conversation 'Climate Finance: it'll be cheaper in the long run if poorer countries receive it as a matter of urgency' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Matthew Agarwala- contributed to an article in The Conversation 'Climate Finance: it'll be cheaper in the long run if poorer countries receive it as a matter of urgency' with co-authors Kamiar Modaddes (Associate Professor in Economics & Policy, Cambridge Judge Business School), Matt Burke (Senior Lecturer in Finance, Sheffield Hallam University) and Patrycja Klusak (Lecturer in Banking and Finance at University of East Anglia and Affiliated Researcher at Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theconversation.com/climate-finance-itll-be-cheaper-in-the-long-run-if-poorer-countries-rece...
 
Description Dr Victor Ajayi presented at an Ofgem seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Victor Ajayi presented at an Ofgem seminar 'Do climate policies explain the productivity puzzle: evidence from the energy sector'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Dr. David Jordan was quoted in The Financial Times article "Northern Ireland seeks to fix longstanding productivity problem" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 27/02/22

Dr David Jordan was quoted in the FT article looking at how the region is pinning its hopes of 'economic revolution' on ambitious investment plan to attract life sciences and digital industries. Hyperlink to the Productivity Insights Paper he co-wrote with Professor John Turner (Northern Ireland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues) also hyperlinked from the online article.

"David Jordan, a research fellow at Queen's University, said education, infrastructure and attracting investment all went hand-in-hand. "If you want an economic revolution for Northern Ireland, there needs to be more than a few new investors. So many areas need to be addressed," he said.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.ft.com/content/42be499c-5334-4b00-a256-a8cd703423c3
 
Description Dr. David Jordan wrote a blog for Economics Observatory on "What Explains Northern Ireland's Long Standing Problem of Low Productivity" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published on 29/4/21.

Article on Economics Observatory by David Jordan about the background of Northern Ireland's productivity problem.

"Low productivity is widely recognised as one of the most important economic challenges facing the UK. But it is a problem that has affected Northern Ireland's economy for the past 100 years - and it is yet to be solved."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.economicsobservatory.com/what-explains-northern-irelands-long-standing-problem-of-low-pr...
 
Description Dr. Marianne Sensier was quoted in the Mirage website article "Business heavyweights back North West productivity plans" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 29/11/21

Dr. Marianne Sensier was quoted in the press release promoting the research paper "The North West of England's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" which was re-printed on the Mirage website. Also quoted were North West Productivity Forum members Jennifer Halliday, Emma Degg and Jessica Bowles.

"Business leaders in the North West are championing plans from productivity experts to accelerate the levelling up agenda in the region. Bruntwood, the North West Business Leadership Team and former Siemens UK chief executive Juergen Maier are among those calling for a re-think when it comes to addressing the North West's productivity challenges."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.miragenews.com/business-heavyweights-back-north-west-682740/
 
Description Dr. Matthew Agarwala contributed to Bloomberg's "Roundtable: Long-Term Investing in a Short-Term World" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On October 6 2021, Matthew Agarwala contibuted to a roundtable discussion on 'long-term investing in a short-term world', facilitated by Bloomberg Invest Global.

Dr. Matthew Agarwala was part of a panel interviewed by Bloomberg News Senior Executive Editor for Economics Stephanie Flanders about what was key to building back differently post-pandemic and to what extent short termism is detrimental to growth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxh9WWX_ZCM
 
Description Dr. Matthew Agarwala quoted in The Guardian article "Green stimulus plan could create 1.2m UK jobs in two years, research finds" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pubilshed 20 April 2021.

Dr. Matthew Agarwala interviewed by the Guardian for an article titled 'Green stimulus plan could create 1.2m UK jobs in two years, research finds.'

Some economists, however, have raised doubts over the extent to which care work - even if not CO2-intensive per se - could be classed as "green employment" and whether it is helpful to conflate the two labour spheres.

"Improving social care (more jobs, better paid) is worth doing in its own right," said Matthew Agarwala, from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

"It does not need a tenuous link to 'green jobs'. It might not help us with environmental objectives, which just shows how much more important it is to make progress on these elsewhere in the economy."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/20/green-stimulus-plan-uk-jobs-green-new-deal
 
Description Elvira Uyarra- Invited speaker at "Innovation procurement to boost Regions in post COVID Recovery" webinar organised by the Connected Cities Catapult, 12 January 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elvira Uyarra -Invited speaker at "Innovation procurement to boost Regions in post COVID Recovery" webinar organised by the Connected Cities Catapult, 12 January 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Engagement article by Frank Geels Addressing global sustainability challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Monday, May 10, 2021 Frank Geels wrote a blog following attending Nobel Prize summit and being a panellist on a Science session on 'Breakthroughs in Technologies and Social Innovations for Resilient Societies and Global Sustainability'. The blog discusses breakthrough innovations, diffusion, and policy makers addressing resistance to sustainability transitions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/original-thinking-applied/original-thinkers/addressing-glob...
 
Description Engagement article by Frank Geels: 'The UK's 'greenish' recovery: good intentions but lacking clarity and ambition' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Published on the Alliance Manchester Business School website on 28th June 2021, an article by Frank Geels, Guillermo Ivan Pereira, Jonatan Pinkse:
The UK's 'greenish' recovery: good intentions but lacking clarity and ambition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/original-thinking-applied/original-thinkers/the-uks-greenis...
 
Description European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Frank Geels was Invited to present for the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I) in the context of their 'Knowledge Talks' series on Ecological and Social Transition Policy, 27 April 2021 (title talk: 'Understanding the ecological, economic and social transitions: The socio-technical transition approach')
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description First Evidence Session for The Productivity Commission: Sizing the problem 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 23 November 2021.The first evidence session of the Productivity Commission, hosted by our partner NIESR, has explored the topic of "sizing the productivity problem: international, national, regional and sectoral aspects".

In a live streamed evidence session, the 18 commissioners questioned four witnesses - Maria Belen Zinni from OECD, Louise Hellem from the CBI, Josh Martin from ONS and Paul Swinney from Centre for Cities- to gain an understanding of the scope of the issue. Twenty-one written submissions were also received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/news/productivity-commission-sizing-the-problem/
 
Description Fixing the puzzle Bart van Ark column AMBS Magazine 15.12.20 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Alliance Manchester Business School research magazine is distributed electronically to a wide, international audience that comprises alumni, existing staff and students, academics and the general public. In this edition Professor Bart van Ark explained why there was a need to address the UK productivity puzzle and how the ESRC funded Institute aimed to help solve this through a comprehensive research and business/policy engagement programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/media/ambs/content-assets/documents/research/alliance-manch...
 
Description Fourth meeting of the East Anglia Productivity forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The fourth meeting of the East Anglia productivity forum was held on Tuesday 15th February 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Future Fiscal Frameworks - A Nuffield Foundation funded project on understanding and confronting uncertainty 26 April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 26th April 2021 Professor Bart van Ark presented at our partner NIESR's event. The event was focused on the latest research into fiscal policy and lessons learned from the period since 1993 in particular to how governments manager their expenditure plans in light of uncertainty and the changing state of the economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/events/future-fiscal-frameworks-nuffield-foundation-funded-project-understan...
 
Description How investing in digital skills can help the economy recover from COVID-19 (University of Manchester Covid Catalysts) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Bart van Ark, Professor of Productivity Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School and the Managing Director of the Productivity Institute, looks at how investment in digital skills sets a path to greater productivity post-COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the biggest challenges in policy making - how to protect people's health while avoiding lasting damage to the economy.

This difficult task is further complicated by the pandemic worsening inequalities in the labour market.

There are many different recovery forecasts, but what is clear is that the pandemic has accelerated the path of digital transformation.

This is changing things in virtually every industry in the economy and now is the time for government, business and individuals to invest in digital skills to help turnaround the UK's low productivity growth path.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/beacons/covid-catalysts/global-inequalities/how-investing-in-d...
 
Description Innovation GM Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 8 June 2021. Productivity institute academics presented research findings on links between productivity and innovation to senior local government officials and business leaders. National impact via GMCA engagement with government on the Innovation GM initiative. Directly informed the GMCA submission to the 2021 CSR.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Innovation and Productivity in Greater Manchester (and Beyond) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this informal roundtable was to discuss key questions around GM's innovation ecosystem and how to align the innovation agenda with the need for a recovery in productivity in GM (as well as in the Northwest and North) to support living standards and well-being. Meeting focused on 3 informal discussion sessions around the 1) the state of knowledge on productivity and innovation in GM; 2) the opportunities and barriers ahead for productivity and innovation in GM; and 3) the role of The Productivity Institute and the Northwest Productivity Forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description John Holden sat on the board for Innovation GM Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 1 September 2021. John Holden (NW RPF lead) invited to sit on the Board shaping the development of the region's plan to drive prosperity and productivity through R&D and innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://gmlep.com/innovation-gm
 
Description Jonatan Pinkse presented at the Liberal Democrats' Business Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact From the Liberal Democrats website:

The Liberal Democrats Business Weeks 2021 is our largest annual engagement with the business community, and this year we intend to consult more widely than ever before.

Over two weeks, we will travel to business centres across the UK, host in-depth conversations on the issues facing our business community in a post-Brexit, post-pandemic marketplace. With Autumn Conference approaching we look forward to consulting with and listening to the business community as we review our economic policies.

There are opportunities to attend in person or join discussions online, enabling the widest participation by businesses in diverse locations and industries.

Liberal Democrats'' Business Network North West launch event: net zero levelling up
Date & time: Friday 10th September, 18:00 to 20:00
Venue: 'Work' meeting room, the studio, 51 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN, UK
Speakers: Lord Jonny Oates, Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change, Emma Degg, Chief Executive of NW Business Leadership Team, Prof. Jonatan Pinkse, Alliance Business School, University of Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.libdems.org.uk/business-weeks-21
 
Description King's Business School podcast - How the pandemic will affect job security and employment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Damian Grimshaw, leader for our Human Capital research theme discusses how the Covid-19 pandemic will affect our job security and employment prospect in a podcast with King's Business School.

The podcast is hosted by Professor Katie Bailey, who talks with leading experts in our subject group about what the coronavirus crisis means for individuals, employers and organisations now and in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://soundcloud.com/kingsbschool/damian-podcast
 
Description Lancashire Independent Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact John Holden (NWRPF lead) invited to be a member of independent panel that will set the 10 year economic strategy for Lancashire. The Panel is established by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire LEP. National impact via Lancashire County Councils discussions with government ministers around a 'county deal'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.lancashireier.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Taking-stock-An-audit-of-Lancashires-econom...
 
Description Launch of the Productivity Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Productivity Commission was launched on 16 September 2021. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and The Productivity Institute as joint initiative established the Productivity Commission (PC) for the UK.

The three main objectives of the Commission are; to help understand and communicate the policy implications of new academic research related to productivity in the UK.
Collect evidence from key stakeholders and provide summaries of research and evidence with an emphasis on regions and the devolved nations. Examine the implication of planned policies, respond to policy initiatives in Whitehall, elsewhere and overseas, provide policy advice and develop policy proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/productivity-commission-schedule
 
Description Lord Sainsbury gave the 2020 Prais Lecture on "How to solve the productivity puzzle" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10 November 2020

In thislecture, Lord Sainsbury answers the productivity puzzle: how do we speed up the UK's economic growth? The 'Productivity Puzzle' has troubled economists for a generation, but there is a simple explanation. We need to understand that value-added per capita varies between the sectors of the economy depending on their production efficiency and the competitive advantage they have in their markets. If we do so, then by analysing the performance of the different sectors of the economy we can see why the economic growth of the UK has been slow and what we need to do to speed it up.

Lord Sainsbury was Finance Director of J. Sainsbury plc from 1973 - 1990 and Chairman from 1992 - 1998. He is the founder of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and founded and chairs the Institute for Government.

About the lecture:
Established in 2019, the Prais Lecture typically examines issues relating to productivity, economic growth and human wellbeing. It was formed to commemorate Professor Sig Prais, a colleague, friend and champion of the National Institute for Social and Economic Research for over 60 years. The core focus of his research was on productivity and industrial structure, where he concluded that the poor quality and education were at the root of the UK's productivity problem. Past speakers include Lord Sainsbury, and Bart van Ark from The Productivity Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/events/prais-lecture-how-solve-productivity-puzzle
 
Description Martin Fleming's Presentation at the Conference of Business Economists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 13 May 2021. Martin Fleming's presentation titled 'Productivity Growth and Capital Deepening in The Fourth Industrial Revolution'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Matthew Agarwala presented at Royal Economic Society Special Session "Finding the Missing Captials: Sources of Growth Revisited" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 14 April 2021. Matthew Agarwala presented a talk on 'carbon accounts for measuring sustainability under globalisation' at a live streamed event by the Royal Economic Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qasaJjAoJM
 
Description Media coverage of paper East Anglia's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues in Eastern Daily Press article "Norfolk has the lowest productivity levels in East Anglia" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 02/02/22

Media coverage of the Productivity Insights Paper "East Anglia's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues".

"North and West Norfolk have the lowest productivity levels in East Anglia, a new report shows. Data from the East Anglia Regional Productivity Forum identified the two locations - which it links together as a single area - just below Breckland and South Norfolk, which is also considered a single area."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/business/norfolk-productivity-lowest-in-region-8662498
 
Description Media coverage of the paper "East Anglia's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" in the article "Productivity slowdown in the East of England" on the Cambridge Network website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 02/02/22

Re-print of the press release promoting the launch of the paper "East Anglia's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/productivity-slowdown-east-england
 
Description Midlands Regional productivity Forum - Fifth meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The fifth meeting of the Midlands productivity forum was held on March 2nd 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description NIESR hosted Future Fiscal Frameworks: Understanding and Confronting Uncertainty event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 26 April 2021.
Sharing the findings of our latest research into fiscal policy. Including contributions from two former Chancellors of the Exchequer - Norman Lamont and Alistair Darling - as well as Government Economic Advisors, former central bankers and Chief Secretaries to the Treasury, this research carefully explores the lessons from the period since 1993, in particular how expenditure plans are managed by governments during periods of uncertainty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description NIESR hosted a workshop 'Perspectives on Productivity: Macroeconomics and Productivity' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 27th November 2020 NIESR hosted a workshop on 'Perspectives on Productivity: Macroeconomics and Productivity Workshop'. This workshop was used to introduce streams of work to be undertaken by The Productivity Institute. The presentations outlined work in progress and discussions by early career researchers. Sessions also included linking productivity performance to macroeconomic policies and institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/macroeconomics-and-productivity-workshop-tickets-127850264583
 
Description Nicola Pike chaired "Scale-Up Forum: Annual Review 2021" featuring Professor Kieron Flanagan and Dr Richard Allmendinger 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Held 09/12/2021.

National Scale Up Institute CEO, Irene Graham, provided a summary of the recent Scale Up Annual Review, followed by a panel discussion with academics from the Alliance Manchester Business School and The Productivity Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/events/scale-up-forum-annual-review-2021/
 
Description Nicola Pike presented at The University of Manchester's webinar on "The power of partnership: SDG17 and university partnerships to achieve the goals" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 4 March 2022

Nicola Pike, The Productivity Institute's Engagement and Impact Director spoke at a livestream webinar hosted by The University of Manchester on the "The power of partnership: SDG 17 and university partnerships to achieve the goals"

"Universities around the world play a key role in developing partnerships to address all of the SDGs. The University of Manchester currently leads the world for impact on the SDGs. Like other universities we have significant local, national and global partnerships and we would like to use these to prompt conversation about how university partnerships help our sector to tackle global development challenges.

The event featured:
* a local partnership from our pioneering BeeWell project (https://gmbeewell.org/)
* a national partnership from our UK Productivity Institute (https://www.productivity.ac.uk/)
* a global partnership discussing our work with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (https://www.acu.ac.uk/)"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hir0xWvkb4
 
Description Northern Powerhouse productivity report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 8th February 2022 Northern Powerhouse productivity report: 'From Industrial Revolution to Northern Powerhouse: Productivity In The North Of England' John Holden was cited in the report. The report looks the productivity gap between the northern core cities and the UK average and necessity of developing the Northern Powerhouse as an economic project. The report comments on the disparity of productivity of previously industrial areas and historically areas with no previous industrial history who have seen an increase in productivity. John is cited on the scarring effects of de-industrialisation which inhibited the economic power.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.northernpowerhousepartnership.co.uk/news/from-industrial-revolution-to-northern-powerhou...
 
Description Original Thinking Lecture by Bart van Ark - Travelling through Productivity Land 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the 29th September, 2021, Bart van Ark presented his inaugural lecture at the University of Manchester, presented as 'Original Thinking Lecture - Travelling through Productivity Land'.
Bart will take the audience of this lecture on a tour through "global productivity land". He will assess what he has learned about the drivers of and barriers to productivity, and what he thinks we still need to discover.

He will place today's productivity puzzles in the western world in a long-term and international comparative perspective, presenting evidence and narratives for the three countries he has worked in particular - the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Beyond that the productivity experiences of the European Union and Asia will feature in the background.

He will address the role of technology, innovation, skills, policy and institutions, but also look at the key challenges for the productivity agenda of the future, namely climate change and the distributional effects of productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/events/original-thinking-lecture-traveling-through-productivity-land/
 
Description Panellist, Centre for Progressive Policy event 9 December 2020, Building global Britain: The role of London and the regions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Jones was a panellist, Centre for Progressive Policy event 9 December 2020, Building global Britain: The role of London and the regions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.progressive-policy.net/events/building-global-britain
 
Description Participation in BEIS/ESRC Enterprise Research Centre round table series June-July 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable discussion with BEIS officials - provision of expert advice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participation/presenter for two Scottish Government webinars on behalf of ESRC Productivity Insights Network, Feb 2021 and May 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact One of a series fo joint webinars with Scottish Government to present findings and analysis from ESRC Productivity Insights Network (relates to work of ESRC Productivity Institute also)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Perspectives on Productivity: Concepts, Measurement and Communication (2 sessions) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact February 2021- A 2 part workshop took place to discuss critical conceptual and measurement issues around productivity, in particular underdeveloped or new areas. The discussion provided insights for the development of the research agenda of TPI and provided input for the scoping papers and research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation at ONS users event on productivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The forum will be an opportunity to gather ideas and discuss the ONS productivity measures. These include output per hour, output per job and output per worker for the whole economy and a range of industries; productivity in the public services; multi-factor productivity and unit labour costs.

In this forum, we'll hear from Managing Director of the Productivity Institute and Professor of Productivity Studies, Bart Van Ark and Tera Allas, CBE, Director of Research and Economics at McKinsey & Company. We are delighted to also be joined with experts and representatives from key-stakeholder organisations as they advise on the ONS' journey towards new development opportunities. You will also hear about the work accomplished over the past few years, the benefits derived from timely and diverse productivity data. Given the high importance we attribute to users' inputs we ask participants to come to the forum with a collaborative approach.

The format is organised in such a way to foster dialogue and collect views. There will be presentations and thematic breakout sessions where users will have the chance of meeting and exchanging ideas with ONS analysts, including those responsible for compiling the different ONS productivity estimates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/productivity-user-event-tickets-151053903291#
 
Description Presented at meeting of Westminster/Whitehall Permanent Secretaries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 21 May 2021. Presented at meeting of Westminster/Whitehall Permanent Secretaries on productivity and levelling up. From TPI presentations by Diane Coyle, Mike Kenny and Bart van Ark. Important target audience for our productivity commission.
In attendance
Alex Chisholm, Perm Sec CO and Civil Service Chief Operating Officer
Jeremy Pocklington, Perm Sec MHCLG
Philip Barton (represented by Melinda Bohannon, Strategy Director after 9am), FCDO Perm
Sec
Madeleine Alessandri (phone-only), Perm Sec Northern Ireland Office
Emily Miles (phone-only), Chief Executive Food Standards Agency
Leslie Evans (Perm Sec Scottish Government) represented by Nick Ford, Director of
Scottish Procurement and Property
Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Matthew Rycroft, Perm Sec Home Office
Ian Diamond, National Statistician
Jim Harra, Perm Sec HMRC
Sarah Healey, Perm Sec DCMS
Peter Schofield, Perm Sec DWP
Shan Morgan, Perm Sec Welsh Government
Susan Acland-Hood, Perm Sec DfE
Shona Dunn, 2nd Perm Sec DHSC
Tamara Finkelstein, Perm Sec Defra
Elizabeth Gardiner, Perm Sec Government in Parliament Group
Sarah Munby, Perm Sec BEIS
Susanna McGibbon, Perm Sec GLD
Tom Walker - Leveling Up Unit
Mark Sweeney - Leveling Up Unit
Alexandra Galloway - Reform Team
Melinda Bohannon - FCDO Strategy Director
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Productivity Commission evidence session: What and How can Productivity be Improved? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 16 March 2022

The Productivity Commission hosted a third evidence livestreamed session on the subject "What and How Can Productivity Be Improved?"

Witnesses included Jesse Norman MP and Kitty Ussher, Chief Economist for the Institute of Directors.

Hosted by partner NIESR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/events/productivity-commission-evidence-session-what-and-how-can-productivit...
 
Description Productivity Institute webinar - Productivity Puzzle. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 4 November 2020. Lord Sainsbury and Professor Bart Van Ark, in conversation with Professor Diane Coyle, answer the productivity puzzle: how do we speed up the UK's economic growth in this time of change?

Lord Sainsbury, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, delivers a short keynote on "Innovation, Competitive Advantage and the Productivity Puzzle." He puts forward a new theory of economic growth called the production-capability of growth to explain why the UK has had a slow rate of growth, and why we have major inequalities, and also suggests the areas where we need new policies to improve the UK's performance.

He is joined in conversation by Professor Bart van Ark, Professor of Productivity Studies at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) and Managing Director and Principal Investigator of The Productivity Institute, to discuss, among other issues, the productivity problem and what is needed to reverse the under-investment in innovation, workforce skills, and organisational capabilities.

Professor Diane Coyle, inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, directs questions from attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAFBvX76hOY
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 10: Health and Productivity in the Workplace 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Episode released 1 December 2021

Are healthy workers productive workers? And if so, why do companies still struggle to put health and well-being at the centre of good business performance? And how can this be changed?

In this episode, host Bart van Ark is joined by Sir Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School. He's a world leading expert on workers' health and well-being and also President of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development in the UK.

They discuss the impact of the Covid pandemic on health and productivity, the challenges of new ways of working and why the health and well-being of a workforce should be a more central business imperative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-10-health-and-productivity-in-th...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 11: Levelling Up and Productivity: The Role of Industrial Policy, Institutions and Fiscal Mechanisms 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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Results and Impact Episode released 12 January 2022

How do we level up regions in a sustained manner - raising productivity and living standards, and reducing inequalities? Why do institutions matter and what should change to make it work?

The government introduced its Levelling Up agenda to the UK as part of its 2019 election manifesto and a long-promised White Paper on the subject is expected soon. There has been no shortage of suggestions in recent months on what to do to advance economic and social progress in UK-wide regions and cities, and how to reduce inequalities between places and groups in the population.

In this episode, we've stepped back a bit from those critical needs and asked ourselves the questions of how policy, institutions and fiscal mechanisms can become less centralised, better coordinated and more long-term oriented.

Host Bart van Ark talks with three of The Productivity Institute's thematic leads - Professors Diane Coyle, Andy Westwood and Philip McCann - to discuss their recent research relating to Levelling Up in relation to UK industrial policy, local growth and fiscal implications of governance devolution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://pod.co/productivity-puzzles/levelling-up-and-productivity-the-role-of-industrial-policy-inst...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 12: The links between productivity and pay 
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Results and Impact Episode released 9 March 2022

Productivity is key to sustained economic growth, but how does it make each of us financially better off? Do productivity gains always end up in our pockets in terms of better pay? In this episode, we've invited scholars from the US, Canada and the UK to discuss their recent research, published in the International Productivity Monitor, which suggests productivity doesn't always make everyone better off. We are going to explore how and why the links between productivity and pay have changed over time, look at the key drivers and discuss what can be done about it. And if productivity doesn't always lead to wage growth, what happens if that changes - are companies that pay better likely to become more productive? Hosted by Professor Bart van Ark.

Our guests:
- Anna Stansbury, Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
- Larry Mishel, a distinguished fellow at Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC.
- Andreas Teichgräber, a researcher at the Centre Economic Performance at London School of Economics, and a member of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-12-the-links-between-productivit...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 1: Why does productivity matter? 
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Results and Impact Episode released May 26 2021.

Host Professor Bart van Ark talks to three esteemed economists - Andy Haldane, Dame Kate Barker and Professor Nick Crafts - who explain what productivity actually is and why it matters to everyone.

They discuss why UK productivity has slowed down since the 2008 financial crisis, creating a rising gap between the UK and other advanced economies in Europe. They also explain why increased productivity is important for raising living standards - drawing on lessons from the industrial revolution, how it has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and what critical things can be done to manage the post-crisis challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-1-why-does-productivity-matter/
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 2: Productivity in the post-Covid era 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Episode released June 2 2021.

Could COVID 19 be the game changer for the economy and create a true productivity miracle in the coming years? In this episode, Bart talks to McKinsey's Jan Mischke and Tera Allas about a recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute: "Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?" Could COVID 19 be the game changer for the economy and create a true productivity miracle in the coming years? In this episode, Bart talks to Jan Mischke, a lead author of a recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute: "Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?" and Tera Allas, Director of Research and Economics and McKinsey & Company, who provides UK context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-2-productivity-in-the-post-covid...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 3: Productivity in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Results and Impact Episode released June 9 2021.

In this episode, host Professor Bart van Ark talks to Professor Diane Coyle and Kaya M. Dreesbeimdiek from the University of Cambridge who co-authored a recent paper on productivity in the National Health Service during the Covid-19 pandemic, with insight from Dr. Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of The Health Foundation. They discuss how we measure health productivity, what has happened to health productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic and ask how we rebuild a resilient health care sector to enable higher productivity in an uncertain environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-3-productivity-in-healthcare-dur...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 4: Levelling up and the Northern Powerhouse 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Results and Impact Episode released June 23, 2021

In this episode, host Professor Bart van Ark talks to Lord Jim O'Neill, Dame Nancy Rothwell & Professor Philip McCann about raising productivity in the Northern Powerhouse, a powerful concept introduced more than five years ago with the aim to rebuild a competitive economy in northern England. Our guests have been there from the start and discuss what it's delivered so far, its challenges, future directions and how it contributes to the government's levelling-up agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-3-levelling-up-and-the-northern-...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 5: Hybrid working, well-being and the effect on productivity 
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Results and Impact Episode released 14 July 2021

Are hybrid working models good for productivity? Do employers and employees think differently about the pros and cons? And how does flexible working affect our mental health and well-being? Is there a trade off with productivity that we need to think about? Let's find out. In this episode, host Bart van Ark talks to Andy Start, CEO Government Services (Capita) & Professor Diane Coyle of the University of Cambridge about how the pandemic has dramatically changed the way many of us work and the positive and negative effects it's had on personal and organisational productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-5-hybrid-working-well-being-and-...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 6: Productivity in Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Episode released 18 August 2021

This year marks the centenary of Northern Ireland's creation. What has it done for the economy? And in particular for the productivity of its people and businesses? Has greater economic stability in the 23 years since the Good Friday agreement helped to advance productivity? And what will Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol mean for productivity going forward? Host Bart van Ark talks to three experts - Dame Rotha Johnston, Professor John Turner and Dr. Esmond Birnie about the productivity pearls and perils in Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-6-productivity-in-northern-irela...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 7: Measuring productivity in the modern economy 
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Results and Impact Episode released 9 September 2021

The one big question anyone working on productivity issues gets most is: how do you actually measure it? How do we count what we make? And can we capture everything needed to produce products and services? And can economists and statisticians keep up with the rapid changes in today's modern economy?

To answer these questions, host Bart van Ark is joined by Josh Martin, Head of Productivity at the Office for National Statistics, Rebecca Riley, director of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence and Professor of Practice at King's Business School and Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School. Together they discuss productivity measurement from the widget counting days of economist founding father Adam Smith to today's methods that include the service economy, new technologies, worker well-being and the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-7-measuring-productivity-in-the-...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 8: Practical Productivity - how to transform performance? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Episode released 13 October 2021

How can companies transform their business through becoming more productive? What are the things stopping us doing this? What simple practical techniques are there to restore and increase productivity? In short, what is practical productivity?

We've often said it before - productivity is not the thing that keeps most business leaders awake at night. Productivity is not usually part of a company's KPIs, and while many in our audience don't need convincing on why productivity matters overall, we don't necessarily always have clear ideas of what the key levers are at the firm level. So, let's get practical about productivity.

Host Bart van Ark is joined by Professor Mark Logan from the University of Glasgow, formerly of Skyscanner, Professor Mark Hart, an expert in entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business from Aston University and Paul Abraham, the Managing Director and Client Partner for the Local Public Service business for Capita.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-8-practical-productivity-how-to-...
 
Description Productivity Puzzles podcast Episode 9: Can labour shortages help raise productivity? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Results and Impact Episode released 17 November 2021

How do we keep our shelves stocked for Christmas? Can we be sure our favourite restaurant will stay open? Does the NHS have the staff to reduce ever-growing waiting lists? Can productivity growth help to face the challenges of rising labour shortages in the UK economy?

In this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the issue of an increased shortage of workers in our economy - especially so-called "skilled blue collar workers". Host Bart van Ark is joined Yael Selfin, a Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG; Anthony Rafferty, Professor in Employment Studies and Managing Director of the Work and Equalities Institute at The University of Manchester; and Tony Venables, Professor of Economics and the Research Director at The Productivity Institute.

Together they'll discuss if the current labour shortages are something the UK could have been better prepared for - even before the Covid pandemic - and ask if the current problems could actually be the trigger to move to a world of higher wages, better skills and higher productivity.

Productivity Puzzles is sponsored by Capita and brought to you by The Productivity Institute, a research body involving nine academic institutions across the UK, eight Regional Productivity Forums throughout the nation, and a national independent Productivity Commission to advise policy makers at all levels of government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/digital/productivity-puzzles-episode-9-can-labour-shortages-help-rais...
 
Description Productivity, skills and devolution- article published on AMBS website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Geographic Reach Regional
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Results and Impact Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane, who has joined Alliance Manchester Business School as an Honorary Professor, discusses how productivity, skills and devolution are key to the levelling up agenda in article published on 14 June 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/news/productivity-skills-and-devolution/
 
Description Prof John Turner and Dr David Jordan write opinion piece in Belfast Telegraph "Productivity is 2022's biggest challenge" 
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Results and Impact Published 4 January 2022.

Article in the Belfast Telegraph. "Last year was a roller coaster for the local economy as the coronavirus pandemic dominated the immediate economic outlook.

Brexit, and the Northern Ireland Protocol, continued to create uncertainty for local businesses. And by the end of the year, global disruption to supply chains, alongside increasing energy prices, saw inflation rise dramatically.

Yet none of these is Northern Ireland's biggest economic challenge in 2022. Instead it is poor productivity."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/analysis/productivity-is-2022s-biggest-challenge-4120594...
 
Description Professor Jagjit Chadha was a guest on BBC Radio 4's "The Briefing Room" programme discussing "Will the levelling up plans work?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
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Results and Impact Professor Jagjit Chadha was a guest on BBC Radio 4's The Briefing Room discussing "Will the levelling up plans work"? on 10 February 2022.

One of Boris Johnson's key campaign promises in the run up to the last election was to level up the country. Now the government has published a white paper telling us how it intends to do that. So what are the plans, will they work and do they go far enough? Hosted by David Aaronovitch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001472x
 
Description Professor Adrian Pabst presented at the Academy of Social Sciences symposium on Levelling Up: Principles and Practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
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Results and Impact 9th November 2021: Professor Adrian Pabst presented at the Academy of Social Sciences symposium on Levelling Up: Principles and Practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://acss.org.uk/news/watch-the-video-levelling-up-principles-and-practice/
 
Description Professor Adrian Pabst presented to a cross-departmental team working on Levelling Up 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
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Results and Impact 10th December 2021 Professor Adrian Pabst presented to a cross-departmental team working on Levelling Up convened by Stephen Aldridge (Director of Analysis and Data at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Adrian Pabst was quoted in The Telegraph article "Lack of cash for levelling-up drive threatens another false dawn" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
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Results and Impact Published 2 February 2022

Professor Adrian Pabst was quoted in an article analysing the government's Levelling Up White Paper.

"When it comes to Sunderland, the success of Nissan masks the reality that much of the city still needs to level up. Adrian Pabst at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research says one factory, no matter how big, cannot change an entire region's fortunes.

"It has not yet lifted up, and cannot be expected to lift up, the whole of Sunderland," he says.
...
Pabst says that a "one-size fits all" policy from central Government will not be the right answer.

"It isn't the size of the state that will be the answer, it is the shape of the state that will be key. Just saying 'we want a high-spend, high-tax economy', that could be very inefficient and unproductive, depending on what you spend the money on," he says, calling for reforms to make markets including housebuilding more competitive to encourage more construction where it is needed."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/02/02/lack-cash-levelling-up-drive-threatens-another-false...
 
Description Professor Adrian Pabst wrote an article for Critic Magazine "Doubling down, not levelling up: Why Gove's plan is dead on arrival" 
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Results and Impact Published 7 February 2022

Professor Adrian Pabst wrote about persistent policy failures in an article for Critic Magazine after the release of the government's Levelling Up White Paper.

"Seventy years of government failure in tackling regional disparities have left Britons in an economic mess that will get worse over coming months. What hope is there for sustained regeneration with a weak, wounded PM and a penny-pinching Chancellor? The UK will only thrive with more virtuous, humble elites and greater popular participation in decisions that shape people's lives. With no new money and continuous central control from Whitehall, we face another decade of doubling down rather than levelling up."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://thecritic.co.uk/doubling-down-not-levelling-up/
 
Description Professor Adrian Pabst wrote an article for Prospect Magazine "Productivity is key to "levelling up" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Results and Impact Published 7 February 2022

Professor Adrian Pabst wrote an article for Prospect Magazine about how more spending was vital for sustained regional regeneration.

"The government's White Paper sets out an ambitious agenda to "level up" deprived areas but requires a laser-sharp focus on productivity if it is to succeed. Productivity-output per hours worked-is the foundation of prosperity and life chances. Higher productivity, which requires investment in both labour and capital, raises living standards through higher wages and assets. Those assets are not just financial or real estate but also intangible ones like skills or social trust."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/economics-and-finance/productivity-is-key-to-levelling-up
 
Description Professor Andrew Henley was quoted in the Business News Wales article "Report Reveals Productivity Problems in Welsh Economy" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
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Results and Impact 08/12/21

The press release to promote the paper "Wales' Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues" was picked up by Business News Wales.

"Research and innovation activity in Wales' private sector ranks lowest in the UK and is a major factor in the nation's poor productivity performance, according to a new report.

Researchers from Cardiff Business School, who are part of the Wales Productivity Forum, recently examined Office for National Statistics data to better understand Wales' productivity challenge."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://businessnewswales.com/report-reveals-productivity-problems-in-welsh-economy/
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood contributes to EDSK think tank podcast episode "What did the 2021 Spending Review mean for education?" 
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Results and Impact Broadcast 28 October 2021

Professor Westwood was a guest on the first episode from EDSK thinktank's new 'Inside Your Ed', which looks inside the latest stories from across the education system in England including schools, colleges, apprenticeships and universities. In the inaugural episode, Professor Westwood was joined by Jonathan Simons to talk through all the big education stories (and omissions) from 2021's Spending Review.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.stitcher.com/show/inside-your-ed/episode/what-did-the-2021-spending-review-mean-for-educ...
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood quoted in Times Higher Education article "HE and FE unite locally as England-wide policy still 'disjointed'" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 18 June 2021.Professor Andy Westwood, quoted in news article about how using different models to bridge divide, universities and colleges could move towards more unified tertiary education systems.

Andy Westwood, professor of government practice at Manchester and a former skills adviser in the Labour government, saw several drivers behind such realignments: Augar and Department for Education policy; the civic agenda championed in higher education by the UPP Foundation's Civic University Commission; devolution to regional mayors and combined authorities bringing "a wide range of new city region thinking" on issues such as local industrial strategies and inequalities; plus the "Brexit and levelling-up agendas" bringing home the political importance of the disconnection from wealth and opportunity felt in many places. Professor Westwood added that "a lot can be done regionally and locally in bringing institutions together into a collective partnership", against a backdrop of the still "utterly disjointed national policy landscape across FE, HE, [and] apprenticeships, with different regulators, funding systems and virtually no coherence across the tertiary landscape".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/he-and-fe-unite-locally-england-wide-policy-still-disjoint...
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood was quoted in the Manchester Evening News article "For Boris Johnson, it is a slogan - for others, it is life and death: The puzzle of 'levelling up'" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
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Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 6 February 2022

Professor Andrew Westwood was quoted in a reaction story to the release of the government's Levelling Up White Paper.

Nevertheless, both agree that government did need to define its broad goals. And for Prof Westwood, it is also one way for Gove to at least try and force Whitehall's notoriously siloed and territorial departments onto the same page.

"A lot of what Gove is trying to do here is bring different parts of government together. And that's fiercely difficult to do."

The ghost at the feast. That fierce difficulty is clearly legible between the lines of the white paper.

"While there's a lot of economic analysis in this 350-page blockbuster, you're not sure how much of it is shared by the Treasury," added Prof Westwood.

"The Treasury is the ghost at the feast, as it were, both in terms of the money but also that ideology and that input.

"And I really, really wonder what Rishi [Sunak] thinks about this."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/the-puzzle-of-levelling-up-2299...
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood was quoted in the Sky News article "Why Boris Johnson's levelling-up agenda could be doomed to fail" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
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Results and Impact Published 2 February 2022

New analysis shared exclusively with Sky News concludes that the government's efforts to level up the most deprived parts of the UK will fail without a shift in focus.
...

Andy Westwood, professor at the University of Manchester and special adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, says the government is right to focus on productivity, but it isn't enough on its own.

"[We've got] a long-term problem with productivity with local and regional economies that's built on decades of failure [but] even if we've got the recipe right, that's a 10 to 20 year return," he said.

...

Prof Westwood says the government is targeting the right things, but its levelling-up agenda still risks failing.

"Broadly, the basket of things is right but my feeling is that it is largely controlled from the centre and not joined up," he says. "The government needs to devolve more things, but also to align them so that those institutions can be more than the sum of their parts, rather than less."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://news.sky.com/story/why-boris-johnsons-levelling-up-agenda-could-be-doomed-to-fail-12528987
 
Description Professor Andrew Westwood wrote an opinion piece for Research Professional News "Balancing the Books" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Published 6 February 2022

Professor Andrew Westwood responds to the government's Levelling Up White Paper with a blog discussing the 12 missions, research commitment, role of universities, and coordination and leadership.

"When the white paper was originally planned to be published, alongside the spending review in the autumn, the idea of long-term missions to 2030 seemed more easily in reach than it does today. What is certain is that the problem of regional and local inequalities is not going away. It will still be with us at the next general election and in 2030-and likely beyond that too, whoever is in power."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-news-uk-views-of-the-uk-2022-2-balancing-the-books/
 
Description Professor Andy Westwood wrote a blog for the TPI website "English Mayors aren't Metro Medicis. Yet." 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
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Results and Impact 12 January 2022

This blog is written by Andy Westwood, Professor of Government Practice at The University of Manchester and co-lead of our Institutions and governance research theme.

According to James Forsyth, writing in The Times, Michael Gove and Andy Haldane have been taken by the experience of 15th Century Florence and its ruling Medici family as a template for 'Levelling Up' in England. Especially the idea that bringing together skilled people, good infrastructure and building the spaces where people can meet, leads to greater creativity and a self-reinforcing culture of success. This approach is central to Frans Johansson's 'The Medici Effect' which Forsyth reports has become required reading amongst ministers and officials at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, where Gove is Secretary of State working with Haldane, who was appointed head of the government's Levelling Up taskforce in September 2021.

It led to a media interview with Sky News online about Levelling Up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/news/english-mayors-arent-metro-medicis-yet/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark and TPI were mentioned in a column in the Irish News "Richard Ramsey: Working 9 to 2?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 16/11/21

Column by Richard Ramsey, Northern Ireland chief economist at Ulster Bank, mentions Professor Bart van Ark and TPI in his column.

"The term productivity invariably turns a person cold. But its importance cannot be understated. Some businesses would refer to it as operational efficiency. Productivity is the main cause of economic growth and largely determines the long-term economic health of a nation. It helps define the scope for raising living standards and the competitiveness of an economy."

"Indeed, there has been a coming together of experts, including those from Queen's University and other universities such as Cambridge, in the form of The Productivity Institute (www.productivity.ac.uk) with the goal of cracking the productivity puzzle. And the Manchester-based institute has made a big-name Dutch signing, Professor Bart van Ark, to lead their efforts, so watch this space."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.irishnews.com/business/2021/11/16/news/working-9-to-2--2506522/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark attended a Levelling up roundtable session with HM Treasury 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10/09/2021: Professor Bart van Ark attended a Levelling up roundtable session with HM Treasury. Presentation by HMT team on regional disparities in the UK and evidence to support the view that differences in human capital are the principal driver of regional disparities. Followed by discussion on topics, including market failures, mobility and role of private sector outside of London. Also discussion on 2nd tier cities, R&D investment and industrial policy.
Attendees:
• Evans, Barney - HMT ;
• Tony Venables ;
• Overman,HG ;
• Diane Coyle ;
• Helen.Simpson@bristol.ac.uk;
• Stephen, Angus - HMT Angus.Stephen@hmtreasury.gov.uk;
• Bart van Ark
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark interviewed on "Ian King Live" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News 24 August 2020

Bart van Ark was interviewed for Ian King Live on Sky News (presenter was Samantha Washington) to explain the productivity puzzle, the reason behind the launch of The Productivity Institute and why working with the policy and business community was crucial to helping solve the issue. Talked about the unique regional differences in the UK and under investment in skills and technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/clip/194607
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark is mentioned in The Times "Budget 2021: Sunak must get UK on path to higher productivity" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Published 2 March 2021

Following a conversation with journalist David Smith, Bart van Ark was quoted in a Times article about the forthcoming budget.
"The solution to this is multifaceted. It requires policies to limit the impact of an ageing population on the public finances. It requires, above all, a revival of productivity. Professor Bart van Ark, of Manchester University and managing director of the Productivity Institute, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, thinks that there is little in the immediate productivity outlook to cheer. That needs to change. Sorting the wheat from the chaff in the flood of Treasury budget pre-announcements and leaks is not easy, but I have seen nothing that stands out in terms of getting the country back on to a sustained path of productivity growth. That has to be the chancellor's priority. Anything else is just tinkering around the edges."

The particular quote as also picked up widely on social media. For example, Howard Archer, Chief Economic Advisor to the influential EY Item Club tweeted "Good article by David Smith @dsmitheconomics, and spot on with his key point that it is key for the #UK #economy to improve #productivity" and Simon French tweeted "The last para from
@dsmitheconomics should be nailed to every newsroom pinboard today. Exact timing of tax increases/spending cuts, regulatory & fiscal battles over economic rents, gimmicky programs with good Instagram cred all move the deckchairs. Productivity keeps boat afloat"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-chancellor-should-worry-but-not-panic-about-the-debt-htghjkt8...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark is quoted in Belgian newspaper De Tild article "Voor alles wat we willen doen is meer productiviteit nodig" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article in De Tijd newspaper interviewing Bart van Ark on productivity matters. Published 1 November 2021. The headline roughly translates as "Everything we want to do requires more productivity"

Published in Belgium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.tijd.be/analyse/de-verdieping/voor-alles-wat-we-willen-doen-is-meer-productiviteit-nodig...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark is quoted in the Investors' Chronicle article "Manufactures struggle to keep pace with record orders" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 30/11/21

Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in an article about supply chain and labour market shortages.

"In general, the productivity of manufacturers has been good throughout the crisis, Bart van Ark, managing director of the Productivity Institute said.

""Following a rather big hit in early 2020, when the pandemic started, it recovered very strongly during the second half [of] 2020. For 2020 as a whole, manufacturing labour productivity stood at 4.4 per cent above the 2019 level, compared to 0.8 per cent for the whole economy,"" he said."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/news/2021/11/30/manufacturers-struggle-to-keep-pace-with-record...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark lead an article 'On Digital Inequalities' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Publication launched on 11 May 2021. The publication On Digital Inequalities provides thought leadership and expert analysis on how to address the inequalities we are seeing in the digital space.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced much of our daily life to shift online. Through various lockdowns, how we work, study and even socialise has moved onto a myriad of digital platforms, made possible by the coincidence of facing this pandemic in a digital age.

But the pandemic has exposed a widening gap in our society, with 9 million adults in the UK unable use the internet without help and 3.8 million people having never used the internet.

The articles in this publication put forward recommendations to policymakers on how we might be able to address and reduce the inequalities we are seeing in the digital space. The lead article was by Bart van Ark, titled The digital economy could be more productive - but will it be more inclusive?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/publications/on-digital-inequalities/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark met with Growth Economics & Productivity Analysis team at HM Treasury to discuss collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Bart van Ark met with Growth Economics & Productivity Analysis team at HM Treasury to discuss collaboration. Leading to levelling up roundtable on 10/9/21.
Attendance:
• Timson, Linda - HMT ;
• a.pabst@niesr.ac.uk;
• Anthony Venables ;
• Lachowycz, Philip - HMT ;
• Campsie, Matthew - HMT ;
• Nicola Pike ; J.Chadha@niesr.ac.uk
• Bart van Ark
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented a structure to ILO Research Dept 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 26th February 2021 Professor Bart van Ark presented a structure to ILO Research Dept to conduct productivity-related research in six key areas: 1) Productivity post COVID-19; 2) Demographics and productivity; 3) Technology and innovation deficiencies; 4) Productivity and sustainability; 5) Inclusive productivity; 6) Productivity measurement issues. The ILO should focus on a dimension of productivity which includes poor countries and which does not overlap with the work that the OECD, the World Bank and IMF are doing. The focus of the ILO could be measuring labour input. The contribution of scholars who know about poor countries should be sought to add value to the discourse. For example, the focus of the ILO could be on productivity measurement and on the "uncounted," such as the informal sector and environmental effects on labour productivity in developing countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented as an OECD meeting "Regional institutions and productivity: Implications for policy" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10 March 2022

Professor Bart van Ark presented a a meeting of The Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL) at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is a dedicated research laboratory that works with local and global partners to advance knowledge about the ways regional policy and a better understanding of spatial links can improve productivity growth and thereby the creation of better jobs and well-being.

Institutions matter. Decades ago, Douglass North called institutions the underlying determinant of economic performance and growth prospects (North D. (1991). Institutions. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 5(1), pp. 97-112). Since then, the appreciation for the role of institutions, and of governance arrangements in particular, in economic performance of nations and regions only grew. This meeting brings together resent research and offers policy perspectives on the link between regional quality of government and productivity. The event, online, is open to civil society and all those interested in the topic upon free registration.

Professor van Ark provided closing remarks for the meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/spl-meetings.htm
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented at Advanced Management Achievement Course at The University of Manchester. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 2nd March 2022 Professor Bart van Ark presented at Advanced Management Achievement Course (AMAC) at The University of Manchester. AMAC is a 3-week programme for retiring military officers, who are leaving the military and embarking on their second careers. Bart presented 'Bridging the Productivity Gap', which gave an overview of the work of The Productivity Institute, and providing further insight to what productivity is. The presentation also discussed the UK performance with comparisons between regions and other European countries, as well as looking at management and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/study/executive-education/short-business-courses/advanced-m...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented at ESCoE's "Human Capital Workshop: Exploring Skills and Education" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22/2/22

Professor Bart van Ark presented at the online workshop with the presentation "How colleges can strengthen business innovation and improve productivity in local communities?"

This workshop aims to explore some of the latest developments and evidence in relation to human capital with contributions from academia, statistical agencies, government and non-governmental organisations. The discussions will focus on developments in methodology and measurement, as well as different facets of human capital, including skills, education and personality. The day will provide a regional context to human capital and an opportunity to discuss and share experiences that are pertinent to the ongoing policy discussions concerning inequality in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.escoe.ac.uk/events/exploring-skills-and-education/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented at the Arena Ide webinar on "Sweden's future productivity" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 16 March 2022

Professor Bart van Ark discussed the work of The Productivity Institute and its research agenda alongside Klas Eklund and Martin Linder.

Arena Idé is a progressive, non-partisan think tank based in Stockholm, Sweden. We focus on issues related to the labour market and education, economic policy, welfare and democracy. Arena Idé is part of Arenagruppen and our fundamental values are equality, democracy and freedom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://arenaide.se/kalender/sveriges-framtida-produktivitet/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented at the NIESR Business Conditions Forum on "Productivity and Levelling Up" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 12 January 2022

At January's Business Conditions Forum, hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), economists and senior leaders from a range of organisations came together to discuss the perennial issue of low productivity. Before the global financial crisis, labour productivity in the UK grew at an average rate of around 2% a year for many decades, and thereafter slowed to around 0.5% - a rate unseen since the Napoleonic era.

With presentations from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), The Productivity Institute (TPI) and Centre for Cities, attendees initially examined the past and present productivity, before moving on to explore what it will take to move towards a high productivity economy. Some of the challenges identified include an aging workforce leading to reduced growth in working hours, and a limited number of young people entering the workforce. These factors mean that any economic growth will have to come from a rise in productivity. It is estimated this rise will need to be around 3%.

Some complexities around the Government's focus on regional 'levelling up' were also considered, with some suggestions around what may need to be considered within the Levelling Up White Paper including:

- The knowledge of each geographical region.
- Making second-tier cities more functional and helping with housing costs to attract greater knowledge and resources.
- Metro mayors need to have more fiscal power or fiscal devolution.
- Complementarity between private and public financing.

The Business Conditions Forum was established in May 2019 to bring together chief economists and senior economists from major survey organisations, representatives from business and NIESR economists with a special interest in the UK. The aim of the meetings is to provide a forum for informed and analytical discussions of data and surveys, to better understand the current state of the UK economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/publications/january-2022-business-conditions-forum-minutes?type=business-co...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark presented at the OECD workshop "Productivity in the Private Sector" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 24-25 March 2021

Professor Bart van Ark presented at the Productivity Policy for Places workshop.

Leveraging innovation for regional (productivity) growth requires a broader view with the discussion following some guiding questions:
- What are the main opportunities for productivity growth in the private sector (manufacturing and services) and what are the main obstacles?
- What are the strengths and limitations of the existing policies and policy approaches in the area of productivity in manufacturing, tradable and non-tradable services in different types of regions?
- What strategies can be used to improve productivity in the private sector in different types of regions including the lagging ones? Is there scope for policy synergies that would allow achieving more with less resources/ smaller interventions?
- What are the challenges different types of regions and cities will be facing as the OECD economies recover from the crisis and what opportunities are there in "building back better"?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.oecd.org/cfe/regionaldevelopment/OECD-EC-Agenda-Private-Sector.pdf
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark provided commentary on NIESR Occasional Paper "Productivity and a New Fiscal Framework for the UK" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Published 4 May 2021

The launch of a series of insight pieces by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) on the contours of a new fiscal framework for the United Kingdom has important implications for investment, productivity and sustained growth - not only for the UK but also for other countries. The economic recovery from the pandemic and the transition to a net-zero economy places a gigantic demand on sound fiscal policies around the world. In addition, the UK is also committed to levelling up disadvantaged regions while retaining and potentially strengthening its global competitiveness in the post-Brexit world.

Professor Bart van Ark provided commentary on "Designing a New Fiscal Framework: Understanding and Confronting Uncertainty", NIESR Occasional Paper LXI by Jagjit S. Chadha, Hande Küçük, and Adrian Pabst.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/blog/productivity-and-a-new-fiscal-framework-for-the-uk
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark quoted in The Telegraph article "Hybrid working experiment puts productivity at risk" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bart van Ark was quoted in the Telegraph article published on 3 September 2021; 'Hybrid working experiment puts productivity at risk' by Louis Ashworth, Economics Reporter.

The three stages of pandemic work life
"We were all surprised to see how quickly office workers could actually move to online," says Bart van Ark, managing director of the Productivity Institute at the University of Manchester.

Van Ark describes a three-stage trajectory of pandemic working life. The early phase, when companies transitioned to remote working and discovered quickly that it carried many benefits and efficiencies. The second arrived in late 2020, when worker burnout became more of an issue, and bosses began to worry that staff were struggling to innovate and collaborate.

The third phase - the point at which companies must decide upon how they will work in the future - is now upon us. "This will be the most difficult part of the whole story," he says.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/09/03/hybrid-working-experiment-puts-productivity-risk/
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark quoted in The Times article "Productivity boost 'could be illusory''" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 18 August 2021

Professor Bart van Ark (and The Productivity Institute) was quoted by The Times - commenting on the Office for National Statistics productivity data release by Gurpreet Narwan, Economics Correspondent.

"Bart van Ark, professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, said the "negative reallocation effects from the reopening of low-productivity sectors after lockdown outweighed any productivity gains within sectors. This reallocation is likely to continue to impact on the productivity outlook for the next two quarters."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/productivity-boost-could-be-illusory-s902hwv9t
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark quoted in The Times article "Productivity is a puzzle, but do we really want to solve it?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 22 December 2021. Article in the Times. Professor Bart van Ark quoted:

"Bart van Ark, a professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, argues that a lack of ambition among smaller firms should not significantly affect productivity. His ""bigger concern is that we hear this issue of lack of ambition more widely for firms that have employees that grow"". The problem with ambition could stem from a lack of resources, such as talent or tools for digital transformation. ""I think it has a lot more to do with the circumstances and the environments and the constraints that many companies have to work in,"" he said."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/productivity-is-a-puzzle-but-do-we-really-want-to-solve-it-bkhn9s...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark quoted in the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad in the article "Het kost tijd om van gadgets welvaartsmotoren te maken" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 12/11/21

Professor Bart van Ark was interviewed in Dutch for the Dutch-language newspaper. The headline is roughly translated as "It takes time to turn gadgets into wealth engines".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fd.nl/bedrijfsleven/1417877/het-kost-tijd-om-van-gadgets-welvaartsmotoren-te-maken
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was a discussant at the OECD-EC high-level expert workshop on productivity in the private sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 24th February 2021 Professor Bart van Ark was a discussant at the OECD-EC high-level expert workshop on productivity in the private sector. The workshop was part of the OECD-EC project "Productivity Policy for Places". They consider the topic from five angles: The innovation-productivity paradox; Productivity in the private sector; Productivity in the public sector; Productivity and inclusiveness; and Productivity and resilience. The outcomes of the workshops will underpin a sythesis report and form the basis for a broader discussion with stakeholders on the future direction of policy design for sustainable transitions to more productive regions and cities. As such, the work will be relevant for policy-makers at all levels of government interested in improving the long-term perspective of regional policies and their contribution to sustainable economic growth. Bart commented on a paper presented Peter Egger, Head of Applied Economics: Innovation and Industrialization Chair, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, Switzerland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.oecd.org/cfe/regionaldevelopment/productivity-policies.htm
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was a guest on the "The Andrew Pierce Show" podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 17/2/22

TPI Managing Director Bart van Ark discusses the future of hybrid and home working and the effect on productivity on "The Andrew Pierce Show", The Daily Mail's news podcast. Listen to the episode on 17/2 "Prince Charles 'has to take responsibility' over cash-for-honours claims says royal biographer". Bart is on from 13:37.

"We can make it work. It could be a huge revolution in engagement of employees in the workplace if we do this right. But it could also end up in tears if we just think this will automatically evolve and organisations don't have to strategize around it."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.mailplus.co.uk/radio/the-daily-show/155550/prince-charles-has-to-take-responsibility-ove...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was interviewed BBC Radio 4 Today programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Bart van Ark was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today programme about the launch of The Productivity Institute on 21st August 2020. The purpose was to raise awareness of the new Productivity Institute and also about the unique issues facing UK productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/clip/193150?bcast=132630927
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was profiled by The Financial Times in the article "Bart van Ark: 'Productivity is done by the private sector'" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 12/10/21

Professor Bart van Ark was profiled by Chris Giles in their Economists Exchange series - featuring conversations between top FT commentators and leading economists about the coronavirus economic recovery.

"Bart van Ark holds one of the most challenging positions in economics. Having been lured from the US to the UK, he is the head of the new government-funded Productivity Institute, tasked with understanding the drivers of economic efficiency and providing the research underpinnings for raising living standards, building back better from the pandemic, levelling up economic performance in different parts of the country and creating the "high wage, high skill" economy promised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ft.com/content/c5c017e7-3ece-439b-b331-6f9e08ffb41f
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in Mail Online article "Working (just as well) From Home: British employees adapted to WFH without hitting productivity - with output now HIGHER than before the pandemic, data shows" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 16 February 2022

Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in relation to the productivity flash estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Bart Van Ark, professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, said it was too soon assess the overall impact of working from home.

But he added: 'I would say we have learned to work from home in a way that avoids significant productivity losses but that's as far as I would go.

'Now that we see this sort of improvement in Q4 over Q3 it seems to suggest that move back to work from home [because of Omicron' didn't really impact productivity much.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10517421/Data-shows-years-output-home-workers-OVERTOOK-pre-...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in The Times article "Productivity tops pre-pandemic levels for first time" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 12/2/22

Arthi Nachiappan, Economics Correspondent quoted Professor Bart van Ark in a story about ONS figures showing output per worker was 2.3% above the 2019 average in the last quarter of 2021.

"Bart van Ark, professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, said that the good news was that the results showed strong gains in productivity within sectors, but the bad news was that the growth may not last. "Some of [this productivity growth] is related to shortage of labour and slow labour growth," he said. "It's to some extent due to increases in gross value added but the bigger story is the slowdown in working hours . . . The question is, how long can we now proceed with getting productivity growth from that unless we have a huge acceleration application of innovations and new technologies and so on and so forth?"

It is too soon to tell whether the shift to working from home and hybrid models of working had increased productivity, Van Ark said, because the impact of a shift to hybrid working - operating both from home and in the workplace - is still unclear. "If anything, I would say we have learned how to work from home in a way that avoids significant productivity losses, but that's as far as I would go," he said. "Now that we see this sort of improvement in Q4 over Q3, it seems to suggest that that move back to work from home [because of Omicron] didn't really impact productivity much, so that's a good piece of news.""
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/productivity-tops-pre-pandemic-levels-for-first-time-szz6s395f
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in The Times article "Workers keep up productivity despite shifting office to home" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 16/2/22

Economics correspondent Arthi Nachiappan interviewed Professor Bart van Ark.

"Bart van Ark, professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, said it was too soon to tell whether the shift to working from home and hybrid models of working had increased productivity because the impact of a shift to hybrid working operating both from home and in the workplace was still unclear.

"If anything, I would say we have learnt how to work from home in a way that avoids significant productivity losses, but that's as far as I would go,"" he said. ""Now that we see this sort of improvement in the fourth quarter over the third quarter, it seems to suggest that the move back to work from home didn't really impact productivity much, so that's a good piece of news."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/workers-keep-productivity-up-despite-shifting-office-to-home-kktk...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in the Express article "Brexit BOOM: UK productivity leapfrogs pre-pandemic levels - stunning charts" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 26/02/22

Professor Bart van Ark's comments to the Times on 16/02/22 were picked up by the Express newspaper.

"Bart van Ark, professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, said that the good news was that the results showed strong gains in productivity within sectors, but the bad news was that this growth may not last.

He said: "Some of [growth] is related to a shortage of labour and slow labour growth.

"It's to some extent due to increases in gross value added but the bigger story is the slowdown in working hours."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1570901/brexit-news-uk-productivity-levels-ons-data-charts-spt
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in the Financial Times article "Pandemic provides unexpected boost to UK's productivity prospects" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 31 May 2021

In an article from Valentina Romei, Professor Bart van Ark is quoted.

"Bart van Ark, managing director of The Productivity Institute, a research organisation, said that while the change in digital transformation put the UK in a better place to reap the benefits from new technologies in the future, "digital transformation is not a one-off investment but a journey".

He added that UK productivity was so much lower than in France and Germany that even assuming a stronger productivity growth in the coming years, "it would require the UK outperform on investment and business practices for quite some time to visibly narrow the gap"."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ft.com/content/7d7c197b-252b-47d0-928c-c8a89c40d0bd
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in the Metro newspaper in the article "Working from home has made people more productive despite what your boss thinks" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 16/2/22

Professor Bart van Ark was interviewed in The Times about productivity statistics. His quotes were picked up by the Metro.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://metro.co.uk/2022/02/16/covid-workers-more-productive-since-before-pandemic-as-brits-adapt-to...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article "U.S.'s Long Drought in Worker Productivity Could Be Ending" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Appeared in the April 5, 2021, print edition as 'Productivity Looks Ready to Pick Up.'

Online version published April 5, 2021 as "U.S.'s Long Drought in Worker Productivity Could Be Ending"

Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in an article about worker productivity.

"Less travel-related stress also has benefits. "Happier workers are more productive people," said Bart van Ark, director of the Productivity Institute in the U.K. "People who have more energy and are less tired are more productive people, as well.""
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-s-long-drought-in-worker-productivity-could-be-ending-11617530401
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark was quoted in the Week (USA) in the article "U.S. worker productivity seems to be rising, thanks to the pandemic. Also, workers say the pandemic has sapped their productivity." 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact April 26, 2021

Professor Bart van Ark's comments in The Wall Street Journal article "U.S.'s Long Drought in Worker Productivity Could Be Ending" were re-quoted in The Week.

"Happier workers are more productive people," said Bart van Ark, director of the Productivity Institute in the U.K. "People who have more energy and are less tired are more productive people, as well."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theweek.com/speedreads/975806/worker-productivity-seems-rising-thanks-pandemic-also-workers-...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark writes Policy@Manchester blog "The digital economy could be more productive - but will it be more inclusive?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog by Bart van Ark published on 6 January 2022 on Policy @ Manchester:
Digital technology can help people to remain productive despite disruptions to daily life. However, this is only possible when people are able to access and use the technology that is available to them. Here, Professor Bart van Ark from The Productivity Institute warns of the dangers of a K-shaped recovery and lists the steps that policymakers can take to address inequalities in the digital space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2022/01/the-digital-economy-could-be-more-productive-but-...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark wrote a blog for AMBS "Productivity drop in Q4-2020 largely wiped out gains from previous quarter and faces a tough year ahead" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 23 February 2021

Professor Bart van Ark comments on flash productivity estimates for Q4 by Office of National Statistics in a blog for the TPI website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/news/productivity-drop-in-q4-2020-largely-wiped-out-gains-from-previo...
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark wrote a blog for the Capita website "Making public sector productivity practical" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact published 31/01/22

Why should we care about productivity in the public sector? Of course, productivity can raise efficiency, lower prices and make it possible to do more with less. It can help in showing that taxpayer money and other public resources are used prudently. But does it make anyone happier?

Capita are the sponsor of our podcast series Productivity Puzzles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.capita.com/our-thinking/making-public-sector-productivity-practical
 
Description Professor Bart van Ark wrote a blog on LinkedIn "Productivity can support the recovery but we need more than short-term sticking plasters" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 3 March 2021

Professor Bart van Ark Statement on productivity implications from UK government Budget Plan 2021 in a blog "Productivity can support the recovery but we need more than short-term sticking plasters"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/productivity-can-support-recovery-we-need-more-than-sticking-van-ark/...
 
Description Professor Damian Grimshaw presented on the LabFam seminar series on the topic "Problems in the acquisition, use and development of skills at work: a call for new interdisciplinary research" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 12 October 2021.

12 October 2021

In a context of new digital technologies and macroeconomic uncertainty (exacerbated during the pandemic), employer incentives to invest in training and career paths, and to enhance the quality of working life, are changing with potentially adverse consequences for inequalities. This research highlights four puzzles: high skill demand lags behind high skill supply; real wages are not keeping up with higher skill supply; the skill bias of new technologies is uneven; and diverse organisational factors make the skill-productivity-job quality relationship highly contingent. The research review highlights the need for new investigations into employer demand for skills and its contingent relationship with forms of innovation, productivity and work organisation. Such research would contribute to the important policy goal of reducing society's over-reliance on work intensification and Taylorist production as the main motors for economic growth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://labfam.uw.edu.pl/seminars/labfam-seminar-series-problems-in-the-acquisition-use-and-developm...
 
Description Professor Dave Richard and Professor Diane Coyle contribute to The Conversation article " Whitehall's centralised system can't deliver Boris Johnson's promises to 'level up' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professors Dave Richards (Manchester) and Diane Coyle (Cambridge) contributed to an article in The Conversation reacting to the government's Levelling Up White Paper. The article discusses if the proposed solutions to widespread UK regional inequality match the scale of the challenge set out in the White Paper and downplays the constitutional and economic revolution needed to break away from the highly centralised Westminster model of government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://theconversation.com/whitehalls-centralised-system-cant-deliver-boris-johnsons-promises-to-le...
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle and Adam Muhtar wrote a blog for Bennett Institute of Public Policy at Cambridge University "Levelling Up for the long term" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Published 7 February 2022

While the targets set out in the White Paper are laudable, this is not the first time the Government has announced ambitious multi-decade long strategies, only for them to be scrapped a few years later. Adam Muhtar and Professor Diane Coyle compare the consistency of the new White Paper with existing Government economic strategy documents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/blog/levelling-long-term/
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle gives 2021 Grigor McClelland Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this annual Grigor McClelland lecture we will explore how current business practices are encouraging short-termism, ignoring nature and harming customers.

The sense that capitalism needs to change, post-pandemic, reflects widespread concerns about the way business operates. In particular, many sectors of the economy are increasingly dominated by big companies, and this has been accompanied by the productivity slowdown, an absence of pay increases - except for executives - and a sense that innovation has stopped benefiting consumers. There are calls for businesses to rediscover their sense of corporate purpose and sign up to ESG reporting. But while businesses should of course behave ethically, a reset of the social contract requires governments to play an important part. Shaping the kind of market society we want after the pandemic involves political choices, not just technical measurement frameworks.

As Diane Coyle told guests at this year's virtual lecture, there is a lot of talk right now about a crisis of capitalism. But what makes things different in 2021, she said, is that this is not a purely anti-establishment phenomenon. "What we are experiencing now is a continuation of a sense of malaise in our market economies that has continued ever since the financial crisis of 2008 and post-crisis recession."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=478535283430723&ref=external
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle hosted a Two-day Productivity Institute workshop at Cambridge University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact December 2021: Professor Diane Coyle hosted a Two-day Productivity Institute workshop at Cambridge University on well-being and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle presented at Economics Observatory event in Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact October 2021: Professor Diane Coyle presented at Economics Observatory event in Bristol "Talking Economics"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReFsz9MQPZA
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle presented at the Money Macro and Finance Society (MMF) series "The Covid Recovery: Overcoming the Economic Challenges" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 26 May 2021.

MMF seminar with Diane Coyle titled 'Powering ahead: Raising our productivity game post pandemic"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mmf.ac.uk/challenges-series/series-2/
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle presented to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics 'The Mystery of Productivity' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact January 2022: Professor Diane Coyle presented to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics 'The Mystery of Productivity'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ8EYMaYuxU
 
Description Professor Diane Coyle was a panel member at National Infrastructure Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Diane Coyle was a panel member at National Infrastructure Commission
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Graeme Roy writes an op-ed for The Herald newspaper "Productivity task is a long-term one" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 17 December 2021. Op-ed article in The Herald newspaper.

"A recent report by colleagues in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow - Scotland's Productivity Challenge - seeks to throw new light on the age-old productivity puzzle. Their report for the UK's new Productivity Institute - a £30 million investment by government into understanding our productivity challenges - is well worth a read."

Professor Roy is a member of the Scotland Productivity Forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/19790641.graeme-roy-productivity-task-long-term-one/
 
Description Professor Jagjit Chadha wrote a column on the Prospect website "Why has UK productivity fallen short?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 16/0/21

Professor Jagjit Chadha wrote a column about the Productivity Commission ahead of its launch.

"Britons produce much less value per hour than workers in many other leading economies-which leads to lower wages and living standards. Our new Commission seeks to understand the cause of the UK's long relative decline."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/economics-and-finance/why-has-uk-productivity-fallen-short
 
Description Professor Jan Godsell, Professor Nigel Driffield and Clive Reynolds presented on 'Current State of Supply Chain Productivity: A Cross-Sector Study Wanrong Zhang' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 11th January 2021 Professor Jan Godsell, Professor Nigel Driffield and Clive Reynolds presented a webinar series looking at; How can you build a bedrock excellence for productivity? What leadership practices could firms develop to accelerate their journey to Supply Chain Productivity? Value creation at firm level, what firms could do improve High Performance Working and Productivity and what this means for policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/productivity/webinars/productivityuk
 
Description Professor John Tsoukalas' paper "Scotland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues" cited in the Economics Observatory article "What might the public finances of an independent Scotland look like?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 27 January 2022

Scotland's RPF insight paper cited in article which is part of a series on Scottish devolution.

"Improving productivity would likely be the most important, as productivity growth is the main driver of long-term economic growth, and is where Scotland performs most poorly compared with the other small nations of north-western Europe (Tsoukalas, 2021)."

"But there are undoubtedly opportunities to improve policy in areas that are currently reserved to the UK government, or where interactions between devolved and UK-wide policy cause problems (Tsoukalas, 2021)."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.economicsobservatory.com/what-might-the-public-finances-of-an-independent-scotland-look-...
 
Description Professor John Turner and Dr David Jordan quoted in the Derry Journal article "Derry economy lags far behind Belfast with productivity 23% below UK level" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 19/11/21

Professor John Turner and Dr David Jordan were quoted in an article covering the paper "Northern Ireland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues". This article also had commentary from Foyle SDLP MLA Sinéad McLaughlin.

"John Turner, Professor of Finance and Financial History at Queen's Management School, and NI Productivity Forum Lead, said: "NI is the poorest performing UK region for productivity, almost 20 per cent below the UK level. Increasing productivity is key to improving NI's prosperity, with low productivity identified as central to explaining the region's persistently poor economic performance."

Dr David Jordan, Research Fellow in Economics at Queen's Management School and researcher on the NI Productivity Forum, said: "A greater understanding is needed by both policymakers and business of what the drivers of this underperformance are, why this is the case, and the role of policy and political institutions in shaping this.

"Identifying how to improve skills, alongside ways to attract firms and industries which can take advantage of a more highly skilled workforce, are key issues which must be addressed if Northern Ireland's economic performance is to be improved."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.derryjournal.com/news/politics/derry-economy-lags-far-behind-belfast-with-productivity-2...
 
Description Professor John Turner and Dr David Jordan were quoted in the BBC Northern Ireland article "Educational underachievement 'a factor in NI's poor productivity'" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 18/11/21

Professor Turner and Dr David Jordan were name checked as the authors of the Northern Ireland Productivity Insights Paper co-produced with the Northern Ireland Productivity Forum.

"Educational underachievement and weak management are major factors in Northern Ireland's poor productivity, a review has suggested. Academics at Queens University Belfast examined existing research on NI's productivity problem."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-59326179
 
Description Professor John Turner and Dr. David Jordan mentioned in BBC Northern Ireland article "Educational underachievment 'factor in NI's poor productivity" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 18/11/2021

BBC Northern Ireland profiled the outcomes of the research paper "Northern Ireland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" in an online article.

"Educational underachievement and weak management are major factors in Northern Ireland's poor productivity, a review has suggested. Academics at Queens University Belfast examined existing research on NI's productivity problem."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-59326179
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse and Elvira Uyarra were panellists at Policy@Manchester's Conservative Party conference fringe event on the topic of 'How can we accelerate the UK's green recovery? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Held 4 October 2021.

This panel event brought together experts to discuss the role of a green recovery in building back better. Strong domestic climate action will provide the basis for the UK Government's vital international leadership in the lead up to COP26. What does the UK need to do to ensure it retains its international standing and leadership when it comes to building back better?

Part of the University of Manchester's series of events surrounding Party Conferences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/activities/events/previous-events/green-recovery---conservative-...
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse is mentioned in Daily Express article 'Think the UK energy crisis is bad? Macron's France crippled by nationwide EDF strike' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Jonatan Pinkse is mentioned in Daily Express article 'Think the UK energy crisis is bad? Macron's France crippled by nationwide EDF strike' by John King. The article talks about works at French energy provider EDF reducing the the country's nuclear and hydro power following industrial action as a consequence to government plans to increase the amount of cheap energy EDF has to sell to rivals at below market prices. The article also mentions the current energy crisis in Europe generated by the high demand for gas. Professor Pinkse talks about the order to sell to rivals would hurt EDF, but that due to the fact the French government is a majority shareholder in the company, it was harming itself.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1556262/uk-energy-crisis-latest-edf-strike-emmanuel-macron-fran...
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse presented at the Manchester Festival of Climate Action on "What should an effective green recovery look like?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 13 October 2011

The Manchester Festival of Climate Action, organised by The University of Manchester, considered the challenges at the forefront of the climate crisis.

Jonatan Pinkse, Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discussed what an effective green recovery should look like. The green recovery is ultimately about how we are going to change mobility, how we are going to change industry, and how we are going to change our own behaviour, says Professor Pinkse. During his session he specifically discussed the multi-billion sums that governments across the world have pledged to the green recovery in the wake of COVID-19, and the particular challenges of enforcing green policies.

https://vimeo.com/showcase/8927378/video/631815469
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/news/what-should-an-effective-green-recovery-look-like/
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a panel member at Circle North West conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30th June 2021: Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a panel member at Circle North West conference about the North West Climate Crisis - net zero strategy. Jonatan discusses the Governments risks hat net zero policies may be disliked and might cost them votes and the challenges to companies/individuals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2081564-the-challenges-facing-decarbonisation
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a panellist member at the Greater Manchester Green Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 18th October 2021: Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a panellist member at the Greater Manchester Green Summit on the topic of Research and Innovation with a talk about 'How can we drive businesses to deliver on net-zero?'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://gmgreencity.com/gm-green-summit-2021/
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a speaker at Liberal Democrats' Business Network (LBDN) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 16th September 2021: Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a speaker at Liberal Democrats' Business Network (LBDN) on the topic of Net-Zero and Levelling Up. other speakers participating were Lord Jonny Oates, Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change and Emma Degg, Chief Executive of NW Business Leadership Team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.libdems.org.uk/business-weeks-21
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a speaker at Queens University Belfast as part of their Inter Trade Ireland All-island Innovation Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15th December 2021: Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a speaker at Queens University Belfast as part of their Inter Trade Ireland All-island Innovation Programme for SMEs in (Northern) Ireland about Business models for disruptive technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a speaker organised by NESTA and The Green Alliance on net zero and productivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2022: Professor Jonatan Pinkse was a speaker at workshop organised by NESTA and The Green Alliance on net zero and productivity. As part of this discussion were made on connections between productivity, net zero and the cost of living and further discussions on policy/evidence gaps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was cited in an I news article 'Energy bill price rise could force squeezed Britons to abandon green lifestyle choices' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 22nd January 2022:Professor Jonatan Pinkse was cited in an I news article 'Energy bill price rise could force squeezed Britons to abandon green lifestyle choices' by Katie Grant. The article discusses the increased costs of living through energy prices and inflation. Jonatan discusses that the situation demonstrates how tackling the climate crisis does not always go hand-in-hand with improved living standards. He talks about energy prices may slow down some climate developments, and also mentions the issues with fuel poverty. He also talks about the heightened tensions with Russia, and the effect of this on gas prices with Russia being a main supplier of gas to many Western European countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://inews.co.uk/news/consumer/energy-bill-price-risk-uk-abandon-green-lifestyle-choices-1425214
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was on a panel for Policy@Manchester's Labour Party Conference fringe event "What should an effective green recovery look like?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 28 September 2021.

This panel event brought together experts to discuss ensuring a green recovery that works for all. Strong domestic climate action is vital in demonstrating international leadership in the build up to COP26. So what does the UK need to do to ensure it retains international credibility, and helps manufacturing businesses to decarbonise, and how can this deliver a green economy that works for all?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/activities/events/previous-events/green-recovery---labour/#d.en....
 
Description Professor Jonatan Pinkse was speaker at Vital Topics event 'Sustainability to Sustainable Performance' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10th February 2022: Professor Jonatan Pinkse was speaker at Vital Topics event 'Sustainability to Sustainable Performance' with Stuart McLachlan (Co-founder and CEO of Anthesis Group) at the Manchester Alliance Business School. A discussion took place on what is means for business to become a leader in sustainable performance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/events/vital-topics---from-sustainability-to-sustainable-pe...
 
Description Professor Kieron Flanagan wrote a Policy@Manchester blog "The north-west's productivity crisis: Causes, challenges and solutions" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 29/11/21

Professor Kieron Flanagan wrote a blog around the research paper "The North West of England's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" for The University of Manchester's Policy@Manchester blog series.

"The north-west has a long-term productivity problem, with the productivity gap widening over the past 15 years. But there is much that policymakers can do. In this blog, Professor Kieron Flanagan from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research reflects on findings from the newly released North-West Productivity Forum Green Paper, on the causes of the region's productivity gap and how it might be addressed."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2021/11/the-north-wests-productivity-crisis-causes-challe...
 
Description Professor Kieron Flanagan wrote a blog for Alliance Manchester Business School "A mission to level up the UK" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Published 4 February 2022

Professor Kieron Flanagan wrote a blog in response to the government's Levelling Up White Paper.

"However, it quickly becomes clear that there is a mismatch between the scale and persistence of the problems and the level of ambition and long-term commitment in relation to tackling them, and there are also question marks about the degree of joined up thinking across this complex policy agenda."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/original-thinking-applied/original-thinkers/a-mission-to-le...
 
Description Professor Mary O'Mahony wrote a blog for the ESCoE website "An audit of Services Producer Price Indices in OECD countries" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 2 July 2021

Professor Mary O'Mahony wrote a blog based on her International Productivity Monitor paper "Measuring the Volume of Services Industries Output and Productivity: An Audit of Services Producer Price Indices in OECD Countries" which she co-wrote with Lea Samek.

"Economic activity in developed countries is highly dependent on trends in services sectors, due to declines in the share of manufacturing over time and to the concentration of many innovations related to information and digital technologies in services. Accurately measuring the volume of output growth in services requires reliable measures of prices, which are comprehensive in their coverage and capture any quality changes in the provision of these services."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.escoe.ac.uk/an-audit-of-services-producer-price-indices-in-oecd-countries/
 
Description Professor Michael Pollitt presents on Clean Growth and Decarbonisation to National Grid at EPRG Annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact April 2021 Professor Michael Pollitt presented work on Clean Growth and Decarbonisation to the National Grid.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Professor Michael Pollitt was a keynote speaker at Spanish Association for Energy Economics (AEEE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Michael Pollitt was a keynote speaker at Spanish Association for Energy Economics (AEEE) 'Green Growth: Economic growth and the pathway to net zero'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.aeee.es/xvi_congreso_aeee/
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield contributed to The Conversation article "Levelling up: four problems with Boris Johnson's flagship project" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Published 04/02/22

Professor Nigel Driffield co-wrote an article for The Conversation website about the government's "Levelling Up white paper". The article discusses four areas in which the proposed solutions to UK regional inequality are flawed (big problem; small solutions; where are the local strategies?; London is still in control; and some plans will make things worse)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://theconversation.com/levelling-up-four-problems-with-boris-johnsons-flagship-project-176386
 
Description Professor Nigel Driffield presented in the Academy of International Business UK and Ireland Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 17 March 2021

The activity of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) have the potential to generate externalities for the host economies. The extensive literature on this has found mixed evidence on the extent of such productivity effects of MNE activity in host countries. There is a certain consensus that these effects are not automatic and are contingent on a number of contextual conditions. This paper explores the links between inward investment and host country productivity at the firm level, allowing for a wide range of moderating circumstances, ranging from sectoral, regional and firm characteristics. In particular, we introduce a novel empirical methodology that allows to flexibly account for many sources of heterogeneity in the effect of MNE activity on host country productivity. In our empirical analysis, based on 11,000 UK firms over the 2012-2018 period, we find that the effect of MNE activity on host country firms is relatively small, but highly heterogenous across firms. Fine grained industry (NACE 2-digits) and regional (NUTS 3) characteristics explain only a small portion of this heterogeneity. Our results are consistent with the idea that, within industries and regions, different firms are able to reap different benefits from the activity of MNEs. Firm productivity - which can be thought as a proxy for firm absorptive capacity - is the single most important factor that enables firms to benefit from MNE-generated externalities. Most notably, once accounted for the importance of firm productivity, we show that small and young firms are bound to benefit the most from the activity of foreign MNEs. We discuss the rationale for these results based on international business and economics literature and the implications for public policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.henley.ac.uk/events/seminar-heterogenous-externalities-evidence-from-foreign-multination...
 
Description Professor Philip McCann was a guest on BBC Radio 4's "Start the Week" programme, episode The Georgians 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Philip McCann was a guest on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week discussing how the Georgians' move towards centralisation sowed the seeds for today's regional inequalities on "The Georgians" episode broadcast 7 February 2022.

Forget the Victorians, the Georgian era is having its moment. Regencycore, a fashion style inspired by the Netflix period drama Bridgerton was shortlisted for Word of the Year 2021, and there will be more frocks and 18th century gossip when the television series returns in the Spring.

In The Georgians the historian Penelope Corfield explores all aspects of 18th century life, from politics and empire to culture and society, science and industry. She tells Tom Sutcliffe that Britain at the time was often seen as both a sentimental and enlightened place, where frippery and satire sat side by side.

Before the Industrial Revolution The Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood exemplified the era's entrepreneurial spirit. He was, according to Tristram Hunt's biography, The Radical Potter, the Steve Jobs of the 18th century. His innovative designs and marketing strategies made his wares popular throughout the country and further afield, and he was instrumental in building the infrastructure to enable the region to flourish economically.

What could today's policies to 'level up' the regions learn from the 18th century, and Wedgwood's championing of his home town. Professor Philip McCann is Chair in Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Sheffield. He argues that during the last century the system of localised finance was lost as the country became highly centralised. This has had a serious impact on poorer regions and smaller local firms, and today the UK has some of the worst regional inequality in the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00146nn
 
Description Professor Philip McCann's paper on fiscal implications of levelling up cited in Economics Observatory article "What is devolution, how is it changing and where might it go next?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 1 February 2022

Professor Philp McCann's TPI Working Paper "The fiscal implications of levelling up and UK governance devolution" cited in an article in a series on Scottish independence.

Alongside its highly centralised political governance, the UK also had a more centralised tax and public spending system than most other advanced economies (McCann, 2021).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.economicsobservatory.com/what-is-devolution-how-is-it-changing-and-where-might-it-go-nex...
 
Description Professor Richard Jones presented at a webinar for the Foundation for Science and Technology on "The R&D RoadMap - Levelling Up Across the UK" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Jones took part in a webinar discussed "The R&D RoadMap - Levelling Up Across the UK" on 7 October 2020. The talk with the Foundation for Science and Technology resulted in an article in FST journal. Professor Jones appeared alongside Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation and Ken Skates MS, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Welsh Government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.foundation.org.uk/Events/2020/The-R-D-Roadmap---Levelling-Up-Across-the-UK
 
Description Professor Richard Jones presented at the UK Manufacturing Forum 2020 on "Innovation R&D and the Levelling Up Agenda" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wednesday 16th December 2020

At a time of unprecedented challenge for people and businesses, it has never been more important to harness the power of manufacturing research, innovation and new technologies.

The UK Manufacturing Forum 2020 heard from leaders from government, industry and the UK research base reflect on the role research and innovation can play in our national recovery: building resilience for the future and spurring robust economic growth. Professor Richard Jones presented on "Innovation R&D and the Levelling Up Agenda"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/uk-manufacturing-forum-2020/
 
Description Professor Richard Jones spoke at the UK Onward think tank webinar "Levelling Up: From Theory to Practice" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 7 March 2022

Professor Richard Jones, Vice President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement at the University of Manchester presented an event hosted by UK Onward think tank on "Levelling Up: From Theory to Practice", alongside Andy Haldane, Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Chair of the Levelling Up Taskforce and Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The Government has now published its plan to level up economic opportunity and civic pride in every part of the UK. The recently published Levelling Up White Paper lays out in detail the UK's enduring regional imbalances, the evidence about their causes, and the implications for people's lives in different parts of the UK.

Ministers have committed to a long-term policy programme to reduce spatial inequality and boost growth and living standards across the UK, guided by twelve ambitious missions and including radical devolution from Whitehall to town halls. But publishing the document is the easiest bit. The hard yards start now.

This event will explore the main themes of the White Paper and how we can move from policy to implementation. We will explore the role of different Whitehall departments and Parliament in ensuring Levelling Up does not go the way of previous local growth policies, and how local areas can assume a greater role in levelling up their areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dHjeY0wRZQ
 
Description Professor Richard Jones wrote a blog on his personal website "Levelling Up Research and Development", building on his opinion piece in Research Professional News "Levelling Up R&D is about spreading power as well as money" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 21 February 2022

Professor Richard Jones published a blog on his personal website analysing the government's Levelling Up White Paper with a focus on Research and Development.

"The government published its long-awaited "Levelling Up" White Paper on February 2nd. This is a much expanded version of a piece I wrote for Research Fortnight, "Levelling Up R&D is about spreading power as well as money", in which I look at the implications of the White Paper for research and development."

The Research Professional News article: https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-news-uk-views-of-the-uk-2022-2-levelling-up-r-d-is-about-spreading-power-as-well-as-money/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://www.softmachines.org/wordpress/
 
Description Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie gave the 2021 Prais Lecture on "State Capacity and Economic Growth: Cautionary Tales" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 November 2021

Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie, Chichele Professor of Economic History, All Souls College at University of Oxford, is a specialist in economic history and Fellow of both the British Academy (FBA) and Academy of Social Sciences (FASS). In this lecture, Professor Ogilvie spoke about state capacity - the ability to collect taxes, enforce law and order, and implement government policies - is accorded an important role in explaining economic growth. This lecture used historical evidence to raise questions about the usefulness of state capacity, both as an explanation of economic growth and as a concept more generally.

About the lecture:
Established in 2019, the Prais Lecture typically examines issues relating to productivity, economic growth and human wellbeing. It was formed to commemorate Professor Sig Prais, a colleague, friend and champion of the National Institute for Social and Economic Research for over 60 years. The core focus of his research was on productivity and industrial structure, where he concluded that the poor quality and education were at the root of the UK's productivity problem.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/events/2021-prais-lecture-state-capacity-and-economic-growth-cautionary-tale...
 
Description Professor Stephen Roper and Dr Halima Jibril wrote a blog for the Bennett Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 5th November 2021: Professor Stephen Roper and Dr Halima Jibril wrote a blog for the Bennett Institute 'Helping businesses along the right road? The effects of the UK government's pandemic support schemes on small businesses'. This was based on their Productivity Institute research paper "H.Jibril, S.Roper, M.Hart (June 2021) COVID-19, business support and SME productivity in the UK The Productivity Institute working paper No.005"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/blog/government-support-smes/
 
Description Professors Andy Westwood, Andrew Henley, Chris Warhurst, Eugenio Proto and Jill Rubery comment on the Skills White Paper in the article "How will reforms to England's skill system affect productivity?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article on the interim Productivity Institute website The purpose was to provide views from The Productivity Institute about the Skills for Jobs White paper published that day (22nd January 2021). The piece had quotes from Andrew Westwood, Andrew Henley, Chris Warhurst, Eugenio Proto, and Jill Rubery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/news/how-will-reforms-to-englands-skill-system-affect-productivity/
 
Description Professors Bart van Ark and Elvira Uyarra presented at the Manchester Festival of Climate Action on "Can greening the economy drive productivity?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 13 October 2011

The Manchester Festival of Climate Action, organised by The University of Manchester, considered the challenges at the forefront of the climate crisis. Bart van Ark, Professor of Productivity Studies, and Elvira Uyarra, Professor of Innovation Studies, discussed whether greening the economy can drive productivity. They were also joined for the session by Lauren Pamma, Programme Director at the Green Finance Institute, and Kevin Lambert, Resource Efficiency Lead at Manchester Growth Company.

https://vimeo.com/showcase/8927378/video/631815469
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/news/can-greening-the-economy-drive-productivity/
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural Wales meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of our Wales Productivity Forum on 21st February 2021.

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The Forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The Forums will work closely with each other the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/WalesProdForum
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Fourth Meeting of Midlands forum December 2nd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The fourth meeting of the Midlands Regional Productivity Forum was 2nd December 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Fourth meeting of the Wales forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The fourth Wales productivity forum meeting was held on March 17th 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural East Anglia meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of the East Anglia RPF held on 11th March 2021

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural London and South 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of the London and South RPF held on 29th April 2021

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural Midlands meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of the Midlands RPF held on 29th March 2021

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural North West 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of our North West Regional Productivity Forum on 20th February 2021.

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/research/productivity/
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of our Northern Ireland Productivity Forum on 4th March 2021.

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural Scotland Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inaugural RPF meeting held on 12th March 2021

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Inaugural YH&NE meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inaugural meeting of the Yorkshire, Humber and North East forum held on 25th March 2021

Recognising that productivity issues vary, and stakeholder needs differ, across the country, at the core of the Productivity Institute's approach are its eight Regional Productivity Forums. The forums give the Institute reach across the whole UK, including the three devolved nations, and are the main route through which businesses will be engaged in the work of the Institute. The forums will work closely with each other and the Productivity Commission (managed by The Productivity Institute partner NIESR) to develop a comprehensive regional agenda on productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Second meeting for East Anglia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second meeting of the East Anglia forum was held on 16th June 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Second meeting for London and South 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second meeting of the London and South productivity forum was held on 23rd September 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Second meeting for Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second meeting of the Midlands productivity forum was held on 11th June 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Second meeting for Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second Wales Productivity Forum was held on 20th May 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Second meeting for YH&NE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second meeting of the Yorkshire, Humber and North East productivity forum was held on 1st July 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Second meeting for the North West 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Second meeting of the North West Regional productivity Forum held on 23rd April 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Third Meeting for North West 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The third meeting of the North West Regional Productivity Forum was held on Monday 15th November 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Third meeting for East Anglia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The third meeting of the East Anglia Regional Productivity Forum was held on 19th October 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Third meeting for Midlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The third meeting of the Midlands productivity forum was held on 24th September 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Third meeting for Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The third Northern Ireland Productivity Forum was held on Friday 14th January 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum - Third meeting for Wales Productivity forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The third Wales productivity forum meting was held on 18th November 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum Leads meeting 13th January 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact RPF Leads meeting - Thursday 13th January 2022
Meeting of 8 leads of Regional Productivity Forums chaired by TPI Engagement & Operations Director (also attended by TPI Managing Director).
Reflection on first 12 months since inception of The Productivity Institute Regional Productivity Forums and focus on current, planned and future activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/business/
 
Description Regional Productivity Forum YH&NE Third meeting 26th November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The third meeting of the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Regional Productivity Forum was held on Friday 26th November 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regional Productivity forum - Second Scotland meeting January 28th 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The second meeting of the Scotland Productivity Forum was held on 28th January 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Regional productivity Forum - Second meeting for Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The second Northern Ireland productivity forum meeting was held on 17th September 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Responding to a changing cyber landscape 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Published on 11 May 2021, blog post "As digitisation accelerates it becomes even more essential to ensure information systems are safe, says Richard Allmendinger."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/original-thinking-applied/original-thinkers/responding-to-a...
 
Description Richard Jones was quoted in The Times article "In a post-Covid world, the UK can't be a tech also-ran" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 17th January 2021 Richard Jones was quoted in The Times"In a post-Covid world, the UK can't be a tech also-ran" , by David Smith Sunday January 17 2021, 12.01am, The Sunday Times Refers to blog post by Richard Jones, January 3rd 2021 "How does the UK rank as a knowledge economy".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.softmachines.org/wordpress/?p=2549
 
Description Second evidence session for The Productivity Commission on "international best practice" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 17 February, 2022, the second oral evidence session for The Productivity Commission was held, with Beata Javorcik (Chief Economist, EBRD), Chad Syverson (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), Chiara Criscuolo (OECD) and John Fernald (INSEAD Business School) providing insights into the topic of international best practice.

The Terms of Reference:
Which sectors and firms in which countries are at the global frontier of productivity?
How can international best practice in relation to productivity be best defined? What are the standards by which we can measure it?
What are the main drivers (e.g. capital, labour, technology, institutions) of internationally excellent productivity performance?
How does the UK's productivity performance compare internationally?
Is the so-called 'long-tail problem' worse in the UK than in other comparable economies?
How does the level of capital investment in the UK compare to other countries?
How does the quality of the UK workforce compare internationally?
How does evidence on R&D investment and spillovers (domestic and international) compare?
Which other intangible sources of productivity differentials can be identified?
How does the dispersion of firm-level productivity in the UK compare to other countries?
What role has the state played in countries that have successfully improved productivity?
What specific policies have been implemented around the world to improve productivity that the UK could also implement, and what policies should the UK avoid?
What role have organisations like productivity boards and productivity commissions played in different countries?
How can the state encourage knowledge diffusion from productive firms to those that are less productive?
How does knowledge diffusion in the UK compare to other countries?
What can the UK learn from countries with better diffusing outcomes?
How have the public and private sectors interacted in countries that have successfully improved productivity?
How does public/private interaction in the UK compare to other countries?
What has been the role of local/regional institutions/policies, like regional innovation systems and smart specialization policies?
What effect can trade have on productivity, and how does the effect of the UK's trade policy on productivity compare internationally?
What effect can migration have on productivity, and how does the effect of the UK's migration policy on productivity compare internationally?
What meso-level institutions do other countries have in place to improve productivity and how do they function?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.niesr.ac.uk/productivity-commission-call-evidence
 
Description Solving the productivity puzzle in a post-pandemic world- Bart van Ark speaking at The Economist's Innovation@Work Virtual Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk delivered on solving the productivity puzzle in a post-pandemic world- speaking at The Economist's Innovation@Work Virtual Week 04/02/2021.
The Economist is a prestigious brand name and their events attract "a global audience to discuss issues that have a big impact on the world and on the economy, bringing to each topic The Economist's distinctive breadth of perspective and forward-looking analysis".
By taking part in this event, Bart van Ark raised awareness of The Productivity Institute and productivity issues in the time of COVID 19
The video from the event is available here https://player.vimeo.com/video/500536240
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://events.economist.com/innovation-work/agenda/
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/1: 'Productivity Growth and Capital Deepening in The Fourth Industrial Revolution' (Martin Fleming) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 8 September 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Martin Fleming's presented on 'Productivity Growth and Capital Deepening in The Fourth Industrial Revolution'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/2: Institutions for Local Economic Development (Andy Westwood) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22 September 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Andy Westwood presented on 'Institutions for Local Economic Development'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/3: Workplace Mental Health and Productivity: Evidence from the Midlands (Maria Wishart) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 6 October 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Maria Wishart presented on 'Workplace Mental Health and Productivity: Evidence from the Midlands'. Co-authors Stephen Roper and Vicki Belt
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/4: "Blitzscaling? The Changing Structure of UK Venture Capital (Mirko Draca) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 13 October 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Mirko Draca presented on the paper ""Blitzscaling? The Changing Structure of UK Venture Capital."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/5: Incentive regulation, productivity grown and environmental effects: the case of electricity networks (Michael Pollitt) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 27 October 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Michael Pollitt presented on "Incentive regulation, productivity grown and environmental effects: the case of electricity networks in Great Britain." Victor Ajay and Karim Anaya co-authors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/6: Potential Capital", Working From Home and Economic Resilience (Paul Mizen) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 24 November 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Paul Mizen presented on the topic of 'Potential Capital", Working From Home and Economic Resilience' . Co-authors: Janice Eberly and Jonathan Haskel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/7: Subjective wellbeing and productive efficiency: a sub-national empirical analysis in the UK (Matthew Agarwala) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10 November 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Matthew Agarwala presented on the topic of 'Subjective wellbeing and productive efficiency: a sub-national empirical analysis in the UK' . Co-authors Diane Coyle, Valentina de Gennaro and Silvia Ferrini.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/8: Environmentally-adjusted productivity estimates in the UK (Josh Martin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 8 December 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Josh Martin presented on the topic of 'environmentally-adjusted productivity estimates in the UK'. Co authors: Matthew Agarwala and Cliodhna Taylor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2021/8: On the productivity advantage of cities (Gio Mion) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 24 November 2021

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Gio Mion presented on the topic of 'the productivity advantage of cities'. Co-author Nick Jacob.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2022/1: Tradability, Productivity, and Regional Disparities: Theory and UK evidence (Tony Venables) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 9 February 2022

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Professor Tony Venables presented on the paper: "Tradability, Productivity, and Regional Disparities: Theory and UK evidence."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2022/2: Education and Tech Skill Requirements in Jobs: Evidence from Job Vacancy Data (Elodie Andrieu) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 16 February 2022

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Elodie Andrieu presented on the paper "Education and Tech Skill Requirements in Jobs: Evidence from Job Vacancy Data"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2022/3: Household Debt and Labour Supply (Jagjit Chadha) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2 March 2022

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Professor Jagjit Chadha discusses his paper "Household Debt and Labour Supply".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2022/4: Measuring the value of free goods (John Poquiz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 9 March 2022

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

John Poquiz is presenting the paper "Measuring the value of free digital goods."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TPI Brown Bag Seminar 2022/5: Heterogeneous Labour Supply, Urban Effects and Productivity (Issam Samiri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 16 March 2022

The TPI Brown Bag series is an invite-only internal peer-review session where an academic presents a paper that has not yet been published.

Issam Samiri presented on the paper "Heterogeneous Labour Supply, Urban Effects and Productivity".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TPI Productivity Insight: Disappointing numbers for Q2 suggest that productivity has not yet joined the UK recovery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An analysis of the Q2-2021 Flash Estimates of Productivity for the UK by the Office for National Statistics by Bart van Ark, Managing Director, The Productivity Institute & Professor of Productivity Studies, University of Manchester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/news/disappointing-numbers-for-q2-suggest-that-productivity-has-not-y...
 
Description TPI Theme Seminar Series - Discussing paper by Professor Diane Coyle (Knowledge Capital) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An internal, invite-only peer-review session for TPI theme research papers

Purpose of these sessions is to provide comments for final version, align key topics with other topics in other themes, be clear on what next steps in research agenda are, etc.
All sessions start with discussant commenting the paper (15 minutes), followed by authors responding (15 minutes), and general discussion (25 minutes)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Theme Seminar series - Discussing paper by Professor Jagjit Chadha (Macroeconomics Trends and Policy theme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An internal, invite-only peer-review session for TPI theme research papers

Purpose of these sessions is to provide comments for final version, align key topics with other topics in other themes, be clear on what next steps in research agenda are, etc.
All sessions start with discussant commenting the paper (15 minutes), followed by authors responding (15 minutes), and general discussion (25 minutes)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Theme Seminar series - Discussing paper by Professor Rebecca Riley (Measurement and Methods theme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An internal, invite-only peer-review session for TPI theme research papers

Purpose of these sessions is to provide comments for final version, align key topics with other topics in other themes, be clear on what next steps in research agenda are, etc.
All sessions start with discussant commenting the paper (15 minutes), followed by authors responding (15 minutes), and general discussion (25 minutes)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Theme Seminar series - Discussing papers by Professor Mary O'Mahony and by Professor Nigel Driffield (Organisational capital theme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TPI Theme Seminar series

Purpose of these sessions is to provide comments for final version, align key topics with other topics in other themes, be clear on what next steps in research agenda are, etc.
All sessions start with discussant commenting the paper (15 minutes), followed by authors responding (15 minutes), and general discussion (25 minutes)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Theme Seminar series - Discussing papers by Professor Philip McCann (Geography and place theme) and Professor Andy Westwood (Institutions and governance theme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An internal, invite-only peer-review session for TPI theme research papers

Purpose of these sessions is to provide comments for final version, align key topics with other topics in other themes, be clear on what next steps in research agenda are, etc.
All sessions start with discussant commenting the paper (15 minutes), followed by authors responding (15 minutes), and general discussion (25 minutes)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI Theme Seminar series- Discussing papers by Professor Frank Geels (Transitions theme) and Professor Damian Grimshaw (Human Capital theme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An internal, invite-only peer-review session for TPI theme research papers

Purpose of these sessions is to provide comments for final version, align key topics with other topics in other themes, be clear on what next steps in research agenda are, etc.
All sessions start with discussant commenting the paper (15 minutes), followed by authors responding (15 minutes), and general discussion (25 minutes)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TPI mention in Academy of Social Sciences Policy Report 'The Place to Be' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 12 November 2021. This report draws on 24 case studies to illustrate what university-based social scientists are already doing to make places in the UK better - to 'level up' economic and social outcomes in different parts of the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://acss.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Academy-of-Social-Sciences-The-Place-to-Be-Policy-Report-2021...
 
Description The Economics and Politics of Productivity Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 1st April 2021: The aim of this workshop, run by NIESR and the Productivity Institute, is to explore the relationship between economics and politics in the study of productivity, with a particular focus on institutions and public policy. Much of academic research and policy-making rests on the separation of economics from political science. The ensuing silos have reinforced fragmented decision-making, combined with the persistent problem of overcentralised government and often weak institutions and constant policy churn. All of which helps to explain Britain's weak productivity growth.
This workshop seeks to challenge both existing research and public policy on productivity - with a focus on the institutions that are specific to productivity performance, including national, regional, local government but also 'economic institutions' such as finance, educational institutions, R&D investment and dissemination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Future of Work Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thursday 27 May 2021. Bart van Ark took part in an event organized by Tortoise, on The Future of Work Summit.

For all the cultural shifts affecting our workplaces today, some things are certain: we will all have to work for longer than our parents did. As automation expands, the nature of the work available will change, as will the skills required to do it.

What, when and how we learn will need to change dramatically to meet the demands of an unsettled labour market. Added to this, 2020 accelerated the shift to flexible and home-based working, and it finally became urgent for all companies to prioritise improved employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion. What does the future of work really look like?

Bart's session:
Can Covid help solve Britain's productivity crisis?
Between 1997 and 2018 the UK shifted from having one of the highest productivity growth rates in the G7 to one of the lowest. Stark regional differences in productivity have emerged, with cities steaming ahead while smaller towns, rural areas and coastal regions fall behind. Is unlocking the UK's productivity key to returning to growth post Covid? What exactly can policymakers and the private sector do to fix it? Does Covid itself provide an opportunity to boost productivity, as workers move out of big cities and forgo business travel? Or is more radical thinking necessary to level up regional inequalities in skills, education and infrastructure?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.tortoisemedia.com/thinkin/the-tortoise-future-of-work-summit/?utm_source=twitter&utm_med...
 
Description The Future of Work in Wales - webinar co-organised by Cardiff Business School and National Institute for Economic and Social Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Collaborative webinar to inaugurate a strategic partnership between Cardiff University of NIESR. Invited, as keynote contributor, to speak on the Wales productivity challenge. Audience was a mix of academic, policy makers and other stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Guardian cites TPI/NIESR's "Covid-19 and Productivity: Impact and Implications" paper in Op-Ed by Larry Elliott "We know little about the real Rishi Sunak ... but that may change this week" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Published 20/2/22

Larry Elliott's Economics viewpoint "We know little about the real Rishi Sunak but that may change this week" is about how the Tory Chancellor may show more of what he believes in when he gives the Mais Lecture.

"But Sunak will also note the importance of the state in supporting the economy in the past two years, arguing that as things return to normal the respective strengths of government and the market can be harnessed to stimulate innovation and improve Britain's poor productivity record.

The emphasis on productivity makes sense because - as the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) thinktank points out - the pandemic has made a poor record over the past decade worse. It notes one of the hidden costs of Covid-19: as a result of missed schooling children from disadvantaged backgrounds have fallen even further behind their more-fortunate peers. The long-term effects will be an under-skilled workforce and lower productivity and a cost per pupil in lost lifetime earnings of up to £22,000.

The report has some strong things to say about the deficiencies of economic policy: it is over-centralised and short-termist; industrial policy is too hands-off; investment in early years learning is inadequate and needs to return to the levels under Brown's government.

As a country, the report notes the UK has one of the poorest productivity performances among the OECD's 38 advanced economies. Britain also stands out for having big productivity differences between and within regions. The gap between the richer and poorer parts of the country has grown wider. "If policymakers return to the same economic structures post-pandemic that failed to resolve the productivity problem pre-pandemic, then the UK is set for another decade of a low-growth, low-productivity and low-wage economy", NIESR concludes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/feb/20/we-know-little-about-real-rishi-sunak-but-that-may-...
 
Description The North West Productivity Forum was mentioned in the Cumbria Crack article "Cumbrian business leader backs calls to accelerate levelling up agenda" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 30/11/21

North West RPF chair Jennifer Halliday and Cumbria-based member Barry Leahey were quoted in a story based on the research paper "The North West of England's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues".

"Professor Barry Leahey MBE, CEO at Cumbria-based Playdale Playgrounds, Be the Business Fellow, and member of the North West Forum said: "Business, government and universities must work together if we want to level up the North West. We simply can't afford to wait around.

"Lacklustre business investment during the pandemic is a concern and progress on productivity has gone backwards - compared to not only our global competitors but other UK regions - as a result. We need to leverage the expertise of our region's most productive businesses and find mechanisms to share their tactics for success with businesses that want to improve."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://cumbriacrack.com/2021/11/30/cumbrian-business-leader-backs-calls-to-accelerate-levelling-up-...
 
Description The Productivity Commission was mentioned in The Sunday Times article "Fix our cities first, or we'll never level up" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 2/11/21

In a column, Economics Editor David Smith mentioned The Productivity Commission, which had just held its first oral evidence session.

"In evidence a few days ago to the Productivity Commission,which is being jointly run by the National Institute of Economicand Social Research (Niesr) and the Productivity Institute, he set out the position clearly. The UK's largest cities outside the greater southeast areprincipally responsible for both the north-south divide and theUK's poor productivity," he said. "While the UK lags westernEuropean countries in productivity, the greater southeast is oneof the most productive parts of Europe.
"The UK's low productivity is a result of the poor performanceof the rest of the country. The principal driver is theunderperformance of large cities such as Birmingham,Manchester and Glasgow.""
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fix-our-cities-first-level-up-britain-comment-ldqlrfc3l
 
Description The Productivity Institute Business Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On June 10 TPI held it's inaugural Business Conference
Join us to explore how productivity is the key to improving living standards and wages across the UK in a post-COVID world. Business leaders and academic experts will discuss the issues that impact productivity and what the solutions could be to unlock growth and deliver jobs for a more prosperous United Kingdom Business leaders from our 8 Regional Productivity Forums will provide unique insights & perspectives on productivity issues from the English regions and devolved nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Confirmed speakers include

Keynote: Sir Charlie Mayfield

"Can hybrid work improve workers' well-being and productivity?" - Professors Sir Cary Cooper and Diane Coyle in discussion

Regional Productivity Forum panel discussions:

Cambridgeshire & East Anglia Regional Productivity Forum - Alex Plant

London & South Regional Productivity Forum - Philip Keller

Midlands Regional Productivity Forum - Jonathan Duck

North West Regional Productivity Forum - Jennifer Halliday

Northern Ireland Productivity Forum - Professor John Turner

Scotland Productivity Forum - Carolyn Currie

Wales Productivity Forum - Robert Lloyd Griffiths CBE

Yorkshire, Humberside & North East Regional Productivity Forum - Sarah Tulip

The Productivity Institute is a UK-wide research organisation exploring what productivity means for business, for workers and for communities - how it is measured and how it truly contributes to increased living standards and well-being. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), it brings together world-leading experts from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, working directly with policymakers and businesses to better understand, measure, and enable improvements in productivity across the whole of the UK, with the aim to improve living standard and well-being. Find out more at www.productivity.ac.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/business-conference-2021-tickets-150622561135?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
 
Description The Productivity Institute Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Inaugural Research Conference held on 9 June, open to TPI members and selected guests.
This conference is of interest to academics in the fields of productivity.

Our keynote speaker is Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson of Stanford University, one of the most cited authors on the economics of information and productivity.

Other confirmed speakers include:

John Fernald (INSEAD) and Robert Inklaar (University of Groningen)
Jagjit Chadha, Hande Kucuk and Adrian Pabst (NIESR)
Stephen Roper and Halima Jibril (University Warwick) and Mark Hart (Aston University)
Enrique Garcilazo, Ana I. Moreno-Monroy and Joaquim Oliveira Martins (OECD)
Tony Venables (The University of Manchester)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/events/the-productivity-institute-research-conference-2/
 
Description The Productivity Institute and Professor John Tsoukalas is mentioned in the BBC Scotland article "Scotland: Making its way in the world" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 03/12/21

BBC Scotland wrote an insight article about the research led by Professor John Tsoukalas on the insights paper "Scotland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" which namechecked TPI and gave a detailed analysis of the research.

"It's published by the Productivity Institute, based at Manchester University and working with the business school at the University of Glasgow. The lead author, Professor John Tsoukalas, is at Glasgow.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Institute has been looking in detail at the nations and regions of the UK to find out why productivity is such a deep-seated challenge for so much of the UK."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59514202
 
Description The Productivity Institute and the paper "Scotland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" citied in blog on The National website "Devolution is working for Scotland - and that is good news for independence" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 11/12/21

Robbie Mochrie cited the work done around the research paper "Scotland's Productivity Challenge: Exploring the Issues" in his comment piece.

"TO anyone hoping for a commentary on the Scottish Budget, my apologies. Deadlines mean I cannot comment on the Scottish Government's plans this week. In the coming months, however, there will be plenty of time to go through them in detail and to look at the implications of the medium-term financial strategy for changes in the pattern of government expenditure. My message for this week is that devolution is working well and that should give us confidence that independence will work well, too. That was my immediate response to reading a short piece on Scottish productivity, written by John Tsoukalas of the University of Glasgow, picked up by Douglas Fraser for the BBC, and, on my Twitter timeline, roundly condemned by independence supporters. Tsoukalas was discussing trends in Scottish productivity as part of a much larger UK project. Expect to hear much more about the subject from the Scottish Government in the next few months."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thenational.scot/politics/19777856.devolution-working-scotland---good-news-independence/
 
Description The Productivity Institute hosted a joint workshop on "Workshop on Productivity and Well-being: Measurement and Linkages" with the Centre for the Study of Living Standards with the support of the International Labour Organization 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online workshop hosted by TPI on Tuesday, 16 and Wednesday, 17 November

Issues surrounding how well-being affects productivity were discussed at the two-day workshop co-hosted with The Centre for the Study of Living Standards, with the support of the International Labour Organization. Ten papers were discussed at the workshop, with a selection published in a special issue of the International Productivity Monitor in Spring 2022. The following TPI members presented:
- Dr. Matthew Agarwala (Cambridge)
- Professor Diane Coyle (Cambridge)
The following TPI members were discussants:
- Professor Chris Warhurst (Warwick)
- Martin Fleming
- Professor Mary O'Mahony (King's) and Professor Bart van Ark (Manchester)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.productivity.ac.uk/ipm/workshop-on-productivity-and-well-being-measurement-and-linkages/
 
Description The Productivity Institute is mentioned in an article in The Sunday Times "The big squeeze on incomes is not just for Christmas" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 07/11/2021

David Smith, Economics Editor, mentioned TPI in an article.

"The Productivity Institute, based at Manchester University, has some good ideas for raising productivity, which I shall discuss soon. So did the Industrial Strategy Council, set up under Theresa May but abolished by this government. I have not seen many good productivity ideas coming out of the government, including in the budget."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-big-squeeze-incomes-christmas-covid-interest-rates-mp0rlc5tc
 
Description The Productivity Institute jointly organised a workshop with the Bank of England, MMF and NIESR on "Productivity and Structural Change" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25-26 November 2021

TPI jointly organised the two-day workshop, held at the Bank of England Conference Centre in Threadneedle Street, which feeds into its theme of Macroeconomic Trends and Policy. The following TPI members took part:
- Professor Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College London and BoE Monetary Policy Committee) - introductory remarks
- Chiara Criscuolo (OECD) - Keynote address
- Professor Mary O'Mahony (King's College London) - discussant
- Dr. Garry Young (NIESR) - discussant
- Professor Vasco Carvalho (Cambridge) - discussant
- Professor John Fernald (INSEAD and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco) - keynote address
- Professor Jagjit Chadha (NIESR) - overview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mmf.ac.uk/productivity-workshop/
 
Description The Productivity Institute supported an audit of Lancashire's economy in 2021 with Lancashire Independent Economic Review 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 2021 The Productivity Institute supported an audit of Lancashire's economy in 2021 with Lancashire Independent Economic Review. The report looks at evaluating the economy since the 2008 financial crisis pre-covid and effects of Brexit. The report also reviews the challenges around poverty, education, skills, deprivation, and health
and wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.lancashireier.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Taking-stock-An-audit-of-Lancashires-econom...
 
Description The Productivity Institute was mentioned in The Independent in the article "Interest rates will have to rise but real focus must be on jobs and growth" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 12 June 2021

The Productivity Institute was mentioned in an article by Phil Thornton about how the return of inflation needed to lead to action on the UK's dismal productivity record.

"Thankfully, the Economic and Social Research Council has funded the creation of the Productivity Institute to investigate this puzzle. Solving it is essential - even more so now that coronavirus has impacted severely on growth. Failure to do so will leave future generations in a low-wage trap as prices and rates rise."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/news-analysis/interest-rates-inflation-jobs-uk-econ...
 
Description The Productivity Institute was mentioned in an article in Business Live "'Thin gruel' or 'fantastic news': How the North West reacted to Michael Gove's levelling up white paper" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 02/02/22

The TPI was mentioned in an article in which leaders of the some of the North West's biggest firms gave their opinion of the government's Levelling Up White Paper.

"Ed Dwan, partner and head of BDO in the North West, said: ""Following a disruptive end to 2021 - a year that saw medium-sized businesses rethink operations and quickly adapt to stay afloat - it's clear just how important levelling up policies are to organisations across the North West.

...

"The North West is well placed to take advantage of this given its entrepreneurial spirit, combined with the sectors and talent in the region, as well as a number of universities and institutions such as The Productivity Institute based here."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.business-live.co.uk/economic-development/thin-gruel-fantastic-news-how-22962993
 
Description The Productivity Institute was mentioned on The Bristol Mayor blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact May 2021- The Institute was mentioned on the blog/website of the Mayor of Bristol: "The Productivity Institute is exploring how a less centralised United Kingdom could become a more productive and prosperous one, and their work can sit alongside that of The Economy 2030 Inquiry."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://thebristolmayor.com/2021/05/19/our-most-decisive-decade/
 
Description The Productivity Institute was name checked in The Independent article "It's time to focus on growth rather than interest rates" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 26/06/21

The TPI was mentioned in a column by Economics Editor Phil Thornton.

"Thankfully, the Economic and Social Research Council has funded the creation of the Productivity Institute to investigate this puzzle. Solving it is essential - even more so now that coronavirus has impacted severely on growth. Failure to do so will leave future generations in a low-wage trap as prices and rates rise."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/news-analysis/interest-rates-inflation-jobs-uk-econ...
 
Description Tony Venables chaired the Modelling Review Expert Panel, UK Dept for International Trade 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The panel will report later this year, with recommendations on how the DIT should improve its economic appraisals of trade policy (including regional trade agreements).  Topics covered include issues of how best to estimate the productivity impacts of international trade.
From the Department for International Trade website:
"To enhance its trade negotiation capability and support economic recovery DIT is launching a model review
DIT is reviewing how best to model trade impacts to enhance its trade negotiation capability
DIT will consult with a panel of academics led by Professor Tony Venables
Updated trade models will help our negotiators to get the best trade deals for the UK
DIT has asked Professor Tony Venables to lead an external panel of experts to advise the department"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-department-for-international-trade-launches-modelling-review-...
 
Description Tony Venables is a consultant on the World Bank Project on Climate Compatible Growth 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Activities including co-authoring a paper 'Pancakes to Pyramids, city form to promote sustainable growth'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/infographic/2021/05/04/pancakes-to-pyramids-infographic
 
Description UKICE Brexit & Beyond: Productivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contribution to UK in a Changing Europe report on "Brexit and Beyond".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Brexit-and-Beyond-report-compressed.pdf
 
Description USC Dornsife Event 'A New Model for Economic Growth in the West' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lord David Sainsbury in a discussion with former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown; Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers; Professor of Economics at Cambridge University Diane Coyle; and USC Dornsife's Professor of Philosophy, History, and Accounting Jacob Soll in a discussion about Sainsbury's new book, Windows of Opportunity. The book looks at how western countries will need to reconsider their models of economic growth over the next generation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://dornsife.usc.edu/events/view/35918779022335/a-new-model-for-economic-growth-in-the-west
 
Description Universities UK Research and Innovation Conference 2020, 10 December 2020 Talk on "The role of universities in driving economic and social recovery post-Covid" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Universities UK Research and Innovation Conference 2020, 10 December 2020, Richard Jones talk on "The role of universities in driving economic and social recovery post-Covid"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description University of Warwick hosted 2 part workshop on Perspectives on Productivity: Global Value Chains, Productivity Networks and Supply Chains 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 30 November 2020- A 2 part event looking at Global Value Chains, Production Networks and Supply Chains have a critical role to play in solving the productivity puzzle. The first workshop (30 November) focused on "Firm and sub-national perspectives" whereas the second workshop (2 December) focused on "GVC and production network perspectives".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/perspectives-on-productivity-global-value-chain-networks-supply-chain...
 
Description Vital Topics webinar: UK Productivity and COVID-19 with Juergen Maier 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Juergen Maier, former CEO of Siemens UK discussed his views on the impact of COVID-19 on UK productivity at an Alliance Manchester Business School event and spoke about how industry needed to work closer than ever before with policymakers and other stakeholders to create a much more focused industrial strategy and address the UK's productivity puzzle. This provided a platform to create awareness of the issues of UK Productivity with a wider audience and also to introduce Professor Bart van Ark and the new Productivity Institute. 263 people registered for the event which was held on 12th November 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/events/vital-topics-webinar-uk-productivity-and-covid-19-wi...
 
Description Wales Productivity Forum - one of the The Productivity Institute's eight regional/national forums to explore UK productivity challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Held three Forum meetings during 2021 in January, May and November involving business representatives, policy makers from Welsh Government and Development Bank of Wales, and other academics. Presentations and discussions on the productivity challenge in Wales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021