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Prof. Daniele Archibugi delivered a talk on “Science Fiction and Innovation: Who is leading the dance?” at the International Ph.D. Academy at the Venice International University on September 18-22, 2017. He argued, inter alia, that the search for a new techno-economic paradigm is not a task for scientists, engineers and businessmen alone. New ideas often originate in other social contexts. Film-makers and writers may be more in tune with the human psyche than politicians and businessmen. Artists and engineers, film-makers and political theorists, architects and businessmen could make an effort to imagine how existing scientific and technological opportunities can be exploited and incorporated in the social fabric – in short, how another world is possible.

Prof Kevin Ibeh, Ven Sriram, Sonny Nwankwo and Tigi Mersha, editors of Palgrave Studies of Entrepreneurship in Africa, recently authored an invited piece entitled “Why Entrepreneurship? Why Africa? Why Now?” for Palgrave Macmillan’s Business in Africa webpage. The 700-word piece discusses Africa's incipient economic breakthrough and the need for researchers to share their perspectives on this fast-changing continent. Read more at

Dr. Suzanne Konzelmann also delivered an invited Lecture on ‘Labour, Inequality and the Changing Nature of Economic Policy in Britain” at the XIII SOAS Industrial Development and Policy Lecture. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, 7 June 2017. Her presentation on Labour, Finance and Inequality discussed the interaction between politics, economics, social dynamics and the legal framework – and the process of change in the conventional wisdom and the policies informed by it. In the lecture, these were examined against the backdrop of British history from the early twentieth century to the present, to assess why change happens, why it doesn’t always happen when it might be expected to and the influence of shifts in the relationship between the state and the market, the state and society and the relative power of key segments of society on this process. The lecture also included a discussion of the shifts in the relative power of the state and international business and finance, and how this has affected both the policy options available to national governments and their relative effectiveness. The lecture can be accessed here: