“Residential Segregation and the Statistics of Space, Economy and Society”
Wednesday 21st August 14.30-15.30
This lecture considers how spatial economic analysis can advance our understanding of residential segregation, both in terms of measurement and definition, and in terms of estimating its causes and consequences. Residential segregation is situated at the intersection of space, economy and society, and it is at this intersection, it is argued, where many of the most interesting and important contemporary questions of social science are located. It is here, also, where rich veins of research inquiry remain unexplored. This lecture teases out some of the core conceptual themes and questions using illustrations from a major new ESRC research centre, structuring the discussion around seven rhetorical statements regarding the role of spatial economy in understanding residential segregation: (1) Space is Important; (2) Space is Random; (3) Space is Symmetric; (4) Space has Wormholes; (5) Space is Dynamic; (6) Space is Endogenous; (7) Space is a Pedagogue.
Plenary 2: Smart Specialisationand Regional Policy Lecture and Panel
Lecture: Professor Dominique Foray, Federal University of Lausanne, Switzerland
“Regional Innovation Policy in the Knowledge Age: The Need for Smart Specialisation”
Thursday 22nd August 11.30-13.00
Professor Dominique Foray, widely regarded as the father of the smart specialisation concept, is a world-leading expert on the economics of knowledge and the application of this field to understanding industrial and commercial activities. Professor Foray will discuss the major elements of the smart specialisation concept and also its application to EU regional policy. Professor Foray will also link the conceptual approaches to applied policy-relevant issues, building on his own experience as an advisor to the European Commission, the OECD and also a range of different French regions.
The lecture by Professor Foray will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with the audience including both academics and policy-makers from the UK and Ireland.