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SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research is the centre of a worldwide network of interdisciplinary researchers addressing the analysis of the rate and direction of scientific change and innovation, the promotion and management of innovation, the regulation of technological risks, the search for effective energy policies and paths to a more sustainable society.
SPRU researchers are prominent participants in global academic and policy debates concerning weapons of mass destruction, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, nuclear power, climate change, information technology, food safety, technology in development and the roles of public and private research organisations.
In SPRU we have created a unique international research culture founded on collegiality and mutual support that spans the divisions between the pursuit of competitiveness and wealth creation, social inclusion, sustainability and development. We maintain close and high-level contacts to the worlds of commercial innovation management, public policy making on science and technology, and civil society.
SPRU DPhil Day/DIG-IT roundtable discussion: 'Inclusive growth and innovation: contradictions vs. opportunities', 1 May 2013
On 1 May, SPRU’s DPhil Day and DIG-IT Workshop events jointly hosted a roundtable discussion titled 'Inclusive growth and innovation: contradictions vs. opportunities' in the Jubilee lecture theatre, introduced by Prof Dick Nelson and featuring Prof Mariana Mazzucato, Dr Matthias Kollatz, Prof Luc Soete, Prof Frances Stewart and Prof Andy Stirling.
Rethinking the State
Rethinking the State is a video project coordinated by Prof Mariana Mazzucato and Caetano Penna that links two research grants (Ford Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Stateand INET’s Financing Innovation). Every week they release a new video with leading international economists voicing their views on topics such as the role of the State in the economy and in the innovation process, the global financial system, the current economic crisis, the side-effects of austerity measures, and alternative growth and innovation policies.