UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Manufacturing health: A wake-up call for resilient economies

23 June 2020, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Manufacturing health: A wake up call for resilient economies

Join the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) as we discuss how resilience and readiness of industrial ecosystems are critical and shall guide a post-COVID industrial policy response with leading experts Tim Minshall, Rebecca Shipley and Cecilia Ugaz Estrada, chaired by Antonio Andreoni.

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With the eruption of the global pandemic, countries around the world have seen economic, social and health system vulnerabilities exposed. Challenges in ramping up manufacturing capabilities and supply for ventilators and essential protective equipment have been striking. Governments are now rediscovering how resilience and readiness of industrial ecosystems are critical and shall guide a post-COVID industrial policy response. What makes an industrial ecosystem resilient? What have we learnt about public-private collaborations in rapid technology scaling-up? Can we expect a different geography of value chains in the post-COVID world? Can developing countries use the health sector and its technologies as drivers of inclusive and resilient structural transformation? This webinar explores these issues with a focus on national and international experiences.

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A recording will be available to watch online after the live event.

A global engagement series: Public purpose in the time of COVID-19

Hosted by the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), this virtual events series will ask the questions: What ​is ‘public purpose’ in the time of a global pandemic? What is the role of the State in shaping a social and economic recovery with a new directionality? Throughout the series, IIPP will be in conversation with leading global thinkers on today’s most pressing challenges, from the macroeconomic policy response to the effectiveness of different public governance solutions and civic engagement experimentation.

This series will also explore how to give public purpose to powerful digital technologies and rebuild more resilient economic systems and institutions, as well as what is needed across emerging economies to avoid spiralling into more debt and inequality.

The current global COVID-19 crisis is a wake-up call for a new public purpose which works for a more inclusive and sustainable global society.

Follow the conversation at #IIPPCOVID19

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About the Speakers

Tim Minshall

Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation and Head of Institute for Manufacturing at University of Cambridge

Tim Minshall is one of the world’s leading experts on innovation within the manufacturing sector. His recent research has focused on open innovation as a successful business strategy and on the transformation of manufacturing processes with the emergence of additive manufacturing (3D printing). He is on the board of directors for St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel. He actively works to connect academic work in his field to the outside world, building a close relationship with companies in the Cambridge cluster, the largest and most successful technology cluster in Europe, and visiting primary and secondary schools to raise awareness of engineering and manufacturing. He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Rebecca Shipley

Professor of Healthcare Engineering, Director at UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering

Rebecca Shipley is a mathematician who has pioneered the application of mathematical models in medicine. Her research investigates nervous system tissue engineering, where she works to design and test repair constructs, and on the use of computational modelling (in combination with high-resolution imaging) to understand cancerous tumour development and investigate the potential for individualised treatment. In 2017, she co-founded the UCL Centre for Nerve Engineering to provide a new, interdisciplinary approach to nerve engineering which brings together the physical and life sciences. Her outstanding research contribution was recognised in 2011 when she received the UK Tissue and Cell Engineering Society’s Young Researcher of the Year Award. Rebecca played a central role in the UCL-Ventura CPAP initative. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device was manufactured by UCL, Mercedes-AMG HPP and UCLH to help keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care.

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Cecilia Ugaz Estrada

Director of Department of Policy Research and Statistics at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Cecilia Ugaz Estrada is an economist with extensive experience working in international development. Her work at UNIDO concerns the impact of rapid technological change on the future of manufacturing and sustainable development. Previously, she served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Paraguay. She has also served for the UNDP as Deputy Resident Representative in Argentina and Deputy Director for the Human Development Report Office at their headquarters in New York. She has held numerous academic positions in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Finland, as well as at the World Bank.

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Antonio Andreoni (chair)

Associate Professor of Industrial Economics and Head of Research at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

Antonio Andreoni is an industrial economist whose work has made a major contribution to understanding the structural context and relationships which shape the development of the manufacturing sector. He has special expertise in industrial policy and its role in dynamics of innovation, structural change and economic development. He has led major research programmes on economic governance, including the multi-country Research Partnership Consortium on Anti-Corruption Evidence (funded by DFID) and Governing Financialisation, Innovation and Productivity in UK Manufacturing (funded by the Gatsby Foundation), and his work appears in numerous leading international journals. He is also Visiting Associate Professor in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, SARChI Industrial Development at the University of Johannesburg. Antonio’s expertise has been employed by the World Bank, OECD, DFID, GIZ, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ILO, UNDP, UNECA, UNU-WIDER, and governments in South Africa, Tanzania, Italy and the UK.

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