UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Industrial policy in action: What are the routes to sustainable prosperity?

23 June 2022, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Industrial policy in action

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) invites you to join this discussion on 'Industrial policy in action: What are the routes to sustainable prosperity?' as part of the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' event series.

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Join Dr Antonio Andreoni, Associate Professor of Industrial Economics and Head of Research at IIPP as he chairs a panel discussion on 'Industrial policy in action: What are routes to sustainable prosperity?' alongside Nobuya Haraguchi, Chief, Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division, UNIDO, Javiera Petersen, Deputy Minister of Economy, Chile and IIPP PhD Candidate and Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre at the International Trade Union Confederation. Followed by questions from the audience.

Countries around the world are grappling with mounting global crises, from the pandemic to climate change. These crises call for major structural transformations in industries and markets within countries and globally. Industrial policy is a powerful tool to direct and govern these transformations, ultimately industrial policy is key to develop a new social contract for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. 

This session explores emerging industrial policy practices across countries in the global south – especially in the areas of green and digital industrial policy. We will explore how policy implementation and enforcement challenges can be addressed effectively to achieve national and global developmental goals. We will also discuss what role UN agencies committed to industrial development and trade can play in a new multi-polar world.

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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.

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About the Speakers

Dr Antonio Andreoni

Associate Professor of Industrial Economics and Head of Research at UCL IIPP

Antonio Andreoni
Dr Antonio Andreoni is Associate Professor of Industrial Economics at University College London (UCL), and Head of Research of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. He is also Visiting Associate Professor in the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the South African Research Chair (SARCHi) in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg. Dr Andreoni is an Editor of the European Journal of Development Research and an Associate Editor of Economia Politica – Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics

Before joining UCL, Dr Andreoni was Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London and Research Director of the Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Partnership Consortium (SOAS-ACE). He started his academic career at the University of Cambridge where he was Post-doctoral Research Associate in University-Industry Strategic Partnerships, Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering. Over the last decade Dr Andreoni has held Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) at Potsdam, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and TELECOM Ecole de Management, Paris. He has been a Member of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University, the Academic-Industry Research Network and the Cambridge Babbage Forum.

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Nobuya Haraguchi

Chief, Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division at United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Nobuya Haraguchi
Nobuya Haraguchi is the Chief of the Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division at UNIDO. He leads UNIDO’s research and industrial policy work. The activities under the Division include the production of UNIDO’s flagship reports (Industrial Development Reports), country diagnostic, analytical tools for policy formulation, and industrial policy advice. He has published widely on structural change, patterns of manufacturing and industrial policy. Before joining UNIDO, he taught macroeconomics at St. John’s University in the United States. 

Javiera Petersen

Deputy Minister of Economy at Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Chile

Javiera Petersen
Javiera has a Bachelor in Economics and a Master in Economic Analysis at the University of Chile, and a Master in Global Economic Governance and Policy at SOAS.
Before joining IIPP, she worked as an external consultant at the World Bank in the Gender Disaggregated Labour Database (GDLD) which main aim is to fill an important information gap in global gender statistics on employment level, wages, labor income at detailed economic activity. She also worked as an economic advisor in the Chamber of Deputies of Chile during the legal discussion of structural tax reform of the country. Other work experience includes working at the Microdata Center at the University of Chile as a Research Assistant, and completing an internship in the Productive Development division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Javiera worked on an investigation into the role of CORFO (development agency in Chile) in Chile’s Development, this work was included in the book “The Future of National Development Banks” (2018) edited by Griffith-Jones and Ocampo, and published by Oxford University Press.

Javiera's research interests are focused on different aspects of economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a special interest in industrial policies, innovation policies, the political economy of development, and the green growth agenda. Her principal objective as a researcher at IIPP is to explore how innovation policies can become into growth policies in the Global South and, with this, pushing for a rethinking and redesigning of the development agenda developing countries need to face pressing local and global challenges.

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Samantha Smith

Director of the Just Transition Centre at International Trade Union Confederation

Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith is a lawyer, an activist and the Director of the Just Transition Centre, an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation and partners working for a just transition for workers and communities. Samantha has worked with climate, energy and social justice issues for more than two decades. Previously she was the global climate and energy leader for WWF, the world’s largest conservation organisation. She also served as the Director of WWF’s Arctic Programme, working with communities, indigenous peoples organisations, and government. Samantha has held senior roles within the New Energy division of Statoil in Norway, leading teams on CO2 projects as well as commercial management of large-scale renewable energy projects. Samantha started her career as a corporate litigation attorney specialising in finance in the United States. She received multiple awards for rights-based pro bono work on racial justice, reproductive rights and poverty, including co-leading a task force on equal access to justice in the state of California, helping to launch a training program for the California courts on domestic violence response. Samantha has degrees in history and law from the University of California, Berkeley.