CRESR Seminar - Policy Forum: Industrial strategy and inclusive growth

Start date: 
Wed, 23/10/2019
Closing date: 
Wed, 23/10/2019
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Emma Smith (Tel: 0114 225 3073)


3.30-5 pm


  • Steve Fothergill
  • Julie Froud
  • Felix Kumi-Ampofo

Abstracts and Biographies

Steve Fothergill


Steve Fothergill is a Professor within CRESR. An economist by background, he has written extensively on many aspects of UK urban and regional development. He is also National Director of the Industrial Communities Alliance, the association of local authorities in the industrial areas of England, Scotland and Wales.


Local productivity and industrial strategy

Whilst there are big differences in GVA per head between places, it is questionable whether this owes much to the efficiency with which productive tasks are undertaken. An accurate measure of local productivity has major implications for the way differences are understood and tackled. This presentation draws on a new report (jointly authored with Christina Beatty) that the Guardian said, “deserves to be read at the highest level in government”.

Julie Froud


Julie Froud is professor at Alliance Manchester Business School. She has longstanding research interests in financialisation and corporations. More recent research has focused on the foundational economy and bringing together academic conceptualisation with practical policy considerations. She is co-author of a recent book Foundational Economy. The Infrastructure of Everyday Life (2018, MUP), which has now been translated into German and Italian.


A foundational economy challenge to industrial strategy

Industrial policy has been rediscovered in the last few years. Its most recent reincarnation, however, is very ambitious in seeking to use industrial policy not only to improve productivity but to address a variety of grand challenges including ageing and climate change. Despite the broadening of ambition, industrial strategy, including in some of the ‘local’ versions retain a very narrow view of ‘the economy’ in terms of both sectors and business organisation.

Felix Kumi-Ampofo


Felix Kumi-Ampofo is the Assistant Director for Policy and Programme Assurance at Sheffield City Region. He is currently leading a team to develop a new economic strategy for the city region. He is responsible for developing policy and providing evidence-based analysis and intelligence to shape the work of the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership and the Combined Authority. He is also responsible for the appraisal of projects seeking investment from the Combined Authority, particularly via the Local Growth Fund. Previously, Felix was a Principal Consultant at Mott MacDonald, and prior to that he was the Economic Evidence Manager at West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Yorkshire Forward. He was also a researcher at Leeds Business School for almost a decade.


A new economic strategy for Sheffield City Region: a juxtaposition of the art of the possible and the need for transformational change!

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