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Britain’s Decisive Decade Lessons from History and Overseas

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Authors from the Economy 2030 Inquiry discuss the economics lessons the UK could learn from other countries and the UK's own history.

The UK is on the brink of a decade of huge economic change – from Covid-19 recovery to exiting the EU and transitioning towards a Net Zero future. The Economy 2030 Inquiry, a collaboration between the Resolution Foundation and the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, is examining this decisive decade for Britain to set out a plan for how we can successfully navigate it.

Gavin Kelly, Chair of the Resolution Foundation, brings together Lorenzo Codogno, Sophie Hale, Rainer Kattel and Anna Valero, all of whom have contributed to the Inquiry.

Find out more about The Economy 2030 Inquiry and read the reports.

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Gavin Kelly

Gavin Kelly is Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Chief Executive of the Resolution Trust. He was Chief Executive of Resolution Foundation (2010-15) and before this worked in No 10 Downing Street as Deputy Chief of Staff. Gavin is also Chair of the Living Wage Commission, Chair of the Timewise Innovation Unit for Flexible Work and board member of Political Quarterly and Prospect magazine.

Lorenzo Codogno

Lorenzo Codogno has been a Visiting Professor in Practice at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2015, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2021. He is also a Senior Fellow at the LUISS School of European Political Economy in Rome. He is the founder of his own consulting vehicle, Lorenzo Codogno Macro Advisors Ltd. Before that, he was chief economist and director-general at the Treasury Department of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (2006-2015), head of the Italian delegation at the Economic Policy Committee of the European Union, which he chaired from Jan 2010 to Dec 2011, and at the EPC, WP1, and EDRC at the OECD. He joined the Ministry from Bank of America, where he was managing director, senior economist, and co-head of European Economics based in London over the previous eleven years.

Sophie Hale

Sophie Hale is Principal Economist at the Resolution Foundation. Sophie joined the Resolution Foundation in 2021, focussing on Brexit and trade policy. Prior to this she worked at the Department for International Trade, leading analysis to support the negotiation of new free trade agreements. Previously, she worked in the Ministry of Finance in South Sudan as an Overseas Development Institute fellow.

Rainer Kattel

Rainer Kattel is professor and deputy director at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL. He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. His research interests include also public sector innovation, digital transformation in the public sector and financialization. His recent books include The Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development (edited with Erik Reinert and Jayati Gosh; Elgar, 2016), Financial Regulations in the European Union (edited with Jan Kregel and Mario Tonveronachi; Routledge, 2016), and How do build an Entrepreneurial State. Why Innovation needs Bureaucracy (with Wolfgang Drechsler and Erkki Karo; Yale, 2022). In 2013, he received Estonia’s National Science Award for his work on innovation policy.

Anna Sivropoulos-Valero

Anna Valero is Senior Policy Fellow at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, Deputy Director of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute. She completed an ESRC Innovation Fellowship in 2021, obtained a PhD in Economics at the LSE in 2018, and was a Research Director for the LSE Growth Commission in 2017. Previously, she was a Manager at Deloitte’s Economic Consulting practice where she qualified as an ACA.

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  • Watershed’s main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door.
  • There are two Blue Badge parking spaces to the rear of Watershed on Canons Road.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome.
  • The first floor of Watershed is accessible via lift from the main entrance and includes level access to all areas, including the cinemas and event spaces.
  • The cinemas and event spaces have induction loops.
  • There is an accessible toilet (with baby changing facilities) near Cinema 1. Follow the signs for the Cinemas and the accessible toilet is just on your left through the double doors before Cinema 1.
  • There are gender neutral toilets in the cinema corridor on the first floor.

Visit Watershed’s Access page for more information.

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