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Dr Federica Rossi produced a short article for Helice, the magazine of the Triple Helix association, to disseminate to a broader audience the findings from several research papers written in collaboration with co-authors based in Italy, Dr Annalisa Caloffi and Prof. Margherita Russo. The article highlights the important role that innovation intermediaries can play in the delivery of innovation policies at regional level; the need for a variety of intermediaries suited to different contexts; and the need to evaluate intermediaries' performance using appropriate evaluation tools. It also suggests that the Fourth Industrial Revolution needs to be supported by appropriate competences and that more research is needed into the kind of innovation intermediaries that can facilitate this. To read more on this, just click on the hyperlink below:

Caloffi, A., Rossi, F. and M. Russo, "Innovation intermediaries: from the third to the fourth industrial revolution", Helice, the Triple Helix Association Magazine; Vol 6, Issue 3/4, September/December 2017

Dr Suzanne Konzelman gave a keynote speech on “Inequality and Public Policy” at the Inaugural Social Science and Law Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, March 2018. The 2008 global financial crisis has called into question the viability of globalised financial capitalism. The resulting fear and uncertainty produced a momentary return to ‘Keynesian’ policies. But as soon as emergency stimuli and bank bail-outs appeared to stabilise the situation, there was a sharp reversal; and successive British governments and the financial sector have since attempted to return to business as usual. Historically, much smaller shocks have been able to produce dramatic change, with the 1978 ‘winter of discontent’ providing a catalyst for the election of Margaret Thatcher, the ultimate abandonment of the post-war Keynesian consensus and the ushering-in of neoliberalism. Nor is apparent success a guarantee against change, with Winston Churchill being swept from office by the first majority Labour government in 1945 ‘ at a point which should have marked his greatest triumph. These apparently inexplicable shifts in the conventional wisdom and the accompanying policy paradigm are explored through the lens of the interest groups that have jostled for position since the second industrial revolution. In this context, inequality, poverty, free market capitalism and the social welfare state have interacted in an uneasy, dynamic dance creating the ‘insecurity cycle’. The keynote explored these interactions, their impact on the relationship between society and the economy, and the possible implications of Brexit and a re-energised political left.