SPRU -- Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex Department of Economic Geography, Utrecht University
SPRU, University of Sussex, 11-12 September 2009 Call for participants Registration deadline :monday 15 June 2009
The aim of this Workshop is to explore the relationship between the evolving nature of skills, technological change and geography. Some crucial questions that will be addressed in the workshop include:
To what extent are European single market and globalisation processes leading to local concentration of skills of particular types?
Is it meaningful to speak of intra-country ‘skills drains’ resulting from concentrations of employment for particular skills within countries?
Are there newly emerging skill categories that are obscured by the levels of aggregation or classification of labour force statistics?
Are there measurable effects of mobility on innovation?
What are regional and national growth and productivity implications of changing levels and mixes of skills?
Organizers of this Workshop invite participation by individuals interested in understanding how mobility, education, training, experience and learning influence and are influenced by location and proximity, and how their interactions influence the skills and knowledge necessary for economic growth in both high and middle income countries and regions.
Human capital flows: attraction versus brain drain, spatial stickiness versus mobility
Capabilities building: the spatial dimension of product/process/organisation of dynamic capabilities
Skills formation and mobility in emergent industries
Skills, labour markets and productivity effects
Skills and local development
The full programme for the Workshop is attached.
This Workshop will be held at the Freeman Centre, University of Sussex. There are limited spaces available for those who are not part of the Workshop programme and potential participants should register their interest in attending by returning the participant registration form (attached) by Monday 15 June 09.
The cost is £169 (for meals and two nights en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation on University of Sussex campus on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 September) or £75 (for meals but without accommodation) which can be paid by cheque or bank transfer. Note: ‘meals’ include first day lunch, dinner the evening of the first day, lunch on second day and coffee and tea service throughout the workshop.