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Buying time: How can government shape markets for sustainable societies?

07 July 2022, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Buying time

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) invites you to join this discussion on 'Buying time: How can government shape markets for sustainable societies?' as part of the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' event series.

This event is free.

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Join Prof Rainer Kattel, IIPP Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance, as he chairs a panel discussion on 'Buying time: How can government shape markets for sustainable societies?' with panel Prof Elvira Uyarra, Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School and co-director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Jeff Taylor, Director of Procurement Division at Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Roland Karthaus, Associate Professor University of East London and Director of Matter Architecture. Followed by questions from the audience.

Procurement is one of the most potent market-shaping tools governments have at their disposal. Yet, it is rarely used for tackling societal, economic, and environmental challenges expressed through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

In this panel we explore emerging practices to use procurement as an agile policy tool to shape markets for inclusive and sustainable outcomes and to build more resilient societies. We will hear from cutting edge policy practices and academic framings of using procurement for helping to attain the SDGs.  

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WalkingTheTalkSDGs.

All events will be held on Zoom. Tickets are free, booking is required. If you are unable to reserve a place you will be able to catch up after the event. Each talk will also be uploaded to our YouTube channel at a later date.

Register and read more about the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' series here 

About the Speakers

Prof Rainer Kattel

Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at UCL IIPP

Rainer Kattel
Rainer Kattel is Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). He has studied at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and University of Marburg, Germany, in philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration.

He led Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance for 10 years, building it into one of the leading innovation and governance schools in the region. Professor Kattel has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission. Currently, he leads the Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of E-Estonia Council advising the Prime Minister of Estonia. 

Professor Kattel has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission. Currently, he leads the Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of E-Estonia Council advising the Prime Minister of Estonia.

He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues.In 2013, he received Estonia's National Science Award for his work on innovation policy.

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Elvira Uyarra

Professor of Innovation Studies and co-director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester)

Elvira Uyarra
Elvira Uyarra is Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) where she is also co-director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. Elvira is also adjunct professor at the Mohn Center of Innovation and Regional Development at the University of Western Norway and visiting fellow at the Centre for Innovation Management Research (CIMR) of Birkbeck, University of London. She teaches and conducts research on science and innovation policy and management and on regional innovation. She is fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and Chair of the North West if England branch of the RSA.


Elvira has a degree in Economics from The University of the Basque Country (Spain), an MSc in 'Technical Change and Regional Development' from Cardiff University and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Manchester.

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Jeff Taylor

Director of Procurement Division at Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Jeff Taylor
Mr. Jeff Taylor is the Director of Procurement Division 1 of ADB’s Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department. His division covers ADB’s portfolio in Central, West and South Asia. Mr. Taylor has been working on the public procurement of infrastructure projects for 34 years, the last 14 of which have been with ADB.

 

In his time with ADB he has been regional procurement head for Central, West Asia; Secretary to ADB’s Operational Procurement Committee; Head of ADB’s Institutional Procurement and chairperson of its Institutional Procurement Committee. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Purchasing and Supply and holds a Master of Science in Procurement.

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Roland Karthaus

Associate Professor and Director at University of East London and Matter Architecture

Roland Karthaus
Roland Karthaus is an architect, educator and researcher in the field of urbanism.  He has twenty years' experience as a qualified architect and practitioner and is founding director of award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice Matter Architecture and is a Design Council Built Environment Expert. He has taught and researched in Architecture at the University of East London since 2008, leading the professional studies teaching across the school, and taught a Masters in Architecture and Sustainability as well as Programme Leader for the March Architecture professional course and supervising PhD students.


Roland was a named Researcher in the 2014 REF submitting two portfolios.  He co-organised the Production of Place international conference at UEL in 2012 and has secured and led several grant-funded research projects and is regular invited speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK and abroad.  In 2018 he won an RIBA President's award for research in ethics and sustainability for his research into health and wellbeing in the Justice sector funded by Innovate UK, the RSA, the Tudor Trust and Garfield Weston.

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