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'Work for all or Mass Unemployment revisited' - First Christopher Freeman A...
Thu 4 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
On behalf of The Christopher Freeman Trust and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) we jointly invite you to the first Christopher Freeman Annual Lecture which will be hosted by SPRU at the University of Sussex on Thursday, 4th May in the Jubilee Building Large Lecture Theatre at 6.30pm – 8.00pm. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Luc Soete and will be on ‘Work for all or Mass Unemployment revisited’. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
Professor Soete will revisit SPRU work from the early 80’s conducted in the framework of the Technology and Employment (TEMPO) project, which focused on the impact of (radical) technological change on employment. The influence of this work, initiated by Christopher Freeman, was in retrospect particularly significant. It led IBM –the world’s leading computer firm of the day - to devote attention to the employment implications of computer technology; it caused OECD to consider the role and impact of technological change on productivity and job creation in its “Job Study”, and obliged the European Commission to pay attention to the employment impact, skills demands and social dimension of new information technology.
Most of this work was written up in articles and policy reports, now and then summarized in books. Professor Soete will focus on the special relevance of Freeman’s work for the current on-going debate on the job implications of robotics and artificial intelligence, using amongst others the popular booklet: “Work for All or Mass Unemployment: Computerised Technical Change in the 21st Century” published in 1994 by Frances Pinter.
About Professor Luc Soete
It is appropriate Professor Luc Soete is the first to be invited to deliver this new, annual lecture, held to remember the great influence of Chris Freeman. Luc, who is himself an alumnus of University of Sussex (Economics and SPRU), was a close colleague and personal friend of Chris Freeman. Among other work he co-authored the third edition of The Economics of Industrial Innovation with him in 1997, as well as bringing a valuable theoretical dimension to SPRU’s work on innovation.
Prof Soete has a PhD in economics from the University of Sussex and he was awarded an honorary degree by Sussex in 2016.
Over the past 30 years, Luc has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, articles and book chapters covering the broad fields of theoretical, empirical and policy studies of technological development and, in particular, innovation.
Until recently he was Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy. He is Chairman of the high-level group ‘Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts’ at the European Commission and is Chair of the SPRU Advisory Group and a member of the School of Business, Management and Economics Advisory Board.