Industrial strategy for a sustainable world, with David Bent

London Futurists
London Futurists
Public group

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in room B35, which is on the Basement level

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How can we use ‘industrial strategy’ to accelerate the transition to a sustainable footing?

We face a number of global issues, from climate change to inequality, which significantly challenge global society, today and into the future. After being dismissed for several decades in the UK, 'industrial strategy' is now being seen as a legitimate policy tool for governments and other actors.

In the London Futurists event, David Bent will be reviewing:

• What are the key questions in formulating a pro-sustainability industrial strategy?

• What part can industrial strategy play in accelerating the shift to a sustainable world?

• What global trends and emerging technologies need to be considered, and how should an industrial strategy bring them in?

• What are the framework conditions which stimulate and support the appropriate innovations?

• How might one support specific industries, without being captured by the status quo?

• What are the different roles of government, business, cities, civil society and citizens?

• How will industrial strategy differ between countries like the UK, New Zealand and Sri Lanka?

About the speaker:

David Bent ( is Associate Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy ( at the University of Cambridge, where he is investigating this topic. Previously he was Director of Sustainable Business at Forum for the Future (

David is now, amongst other things, an economics advisor to James Shaw ( (the co-leader of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand (, a member of the expert network of New Economics Knowledge Services, and an affiliate of Good Karma (, a Sri Lankan consultancy.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 8th April 2017.

Venue: Room B35, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B35 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

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