At the recent conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, organised by Madrid Excelente and Mutua Madrileña, the Minister of Economy and Finance said that innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial to the process of economic recovery and improving business competitiveness.
Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise discussed the role of universities in innovation and the creative processes, and listed that whilst Spain has very high ranking business schools, it only features one university in the global top 200, whereas the UK has 31 and the US 83. He cited entrepreneurs ranging from Mick Jagger to Stelios Haji-Iaoannu who had studied at LSE, and how research-led universities are the fundamental starting point of innovation and creative processes, whether in social and natural sciences or the arts.
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- Panel discussion
- Thursday 13 November 2014, 11.00 – 13.00
- CEMFI, Calle Casado del Alisal, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
LSE and the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) are hosting an IZA World of Labor event on tackling youth unemployment.
The panel discussion aims to provide a professional and independent platform for evidence-based discussion and debate among policy-makers, academics, specialist researchers and key sectoral stakeholders on issues surrounding youth unemployment. The event, which brings together a panel of speakers from the economics and labour market community, will put Spain in a comparative context by discussing the following questions: What does youth unemployment look like today? What evidence exists from other countries on successful policies in tackling youth unemployment? What policies can be proposed for the current situation? What is the role of apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in helping get young people into employment?
The event will feature Professor Alexander Kritikos (German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)), Professor Rafael Repullo (CEMFI), Professor Samuel Bentolila (CEMFI) and Dr Werner Eichhorst (IZA).
Apply for a free place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out about the 30 October event on Does Aid Work? with IZA World of Labor
Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise at Reevolucion Urbana
Chile’s unprecedented urban shift brings with it a unique opportunity to boost its citizens’ quality of life. LSE Enterprise collaborated with the RAD-UDD network and Cámara Chilena de la Construcción to provide a better understanding of the challenges that Santiago de Chile faces.
Chilean Ministers joined LSE Cities academics for an international public conference, bringing together over a thousand attendees from the private and public sectors to agree the principles for building better cities.
Adam Austerfield, LSE Enterprise, Philipp Rode, LSE Cities, Beatriz Lorenzo, LSE Enterprise, Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities and Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá
Next, workshops for senior executives in urban planning and city development roles enabled discussion on topics such as governance, competitiveness, social cohesion, community participation and resilience to natural disasters – elements of city design at the forefront of political debate around the world.
Visit the conference website for introductory videos by speakers, including Philipp Rode and Professor Ricky Burdett of LSE Cities.
LSE’s EUROPP blog asked four of its contributors to give their views on whether Catalonia should hold an independence referendum. Read their posts at the links below:
LSE Director Professor Calhoun was in Bilbao for the Basque Country discussions ‘Why nations matter’, which coincided with the Scottish referendum on 18 September. His lecture, based on his book of the same title, made the case of the importance of nations especially in a period of globalisation. He countered Friedman’s view that The World is Flat by describing nationalism as a patchwork of multi-layered local identities and relationships that in many ways supersede historical and emotional perspectives of mostly false notions of national history – but that nations nonetheless remain crucial to the future of successful country and human development. He also spoke at length with the President of the Basque Country, Iñigo Urkullu, on the issues described in his lecture, and the challenges of the Basque Country in the 21st century.
On 9 November, 2014, Catalonia plans to hold a non-binding referendum for independence from Spain. By this time, the Scots will have already decided whether they want to leave the UK. Yet, while there are similarities between these two regions, such as a 300 year old union with their parent state, they each have different reasons for wanting independence.
Read the post by Ainslie Noble on the EUROPP blog
Join LSE Director and President, Professor Craig Calhoun, for a talk on Why Nations Matter this September.
The event will be held at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao on Thursday 18 September 2014. The talk will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish. Places are free and all are welcome; please register online using the form below.
Venue: Guggenheim Museum, Av. Abandoibarra, 2, 48009 Bilbao, Spain
Time: Doors open at 7pm – please arrive in good time for the talk from 7.30-8.30pm.
Speaker: Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics.
Register for the free talk
It is often challenging for academics and writers working on intractable intergroup conflicts to fully reflect on the topic, especially when the conflict is still ongoing. In such situations, authors have to deal with hardened stances adopted by the most polarized sides of the conflict, and their arguments are also exposed to the dynamics of economic, social, and political developments, which may influence major events and outcomes.
Read Ana Varela-Rey’s review of Teresa Whitfield’s Endgame for ETA: Elusive Peace in the Basque Country on the LSE Review of Books blog.
The students are on a five-day study programme on global financial issues.
In the spring 2013 Eurobarometer only 43 per cent of Spaniards backed the idea of having lead candidates. In autumn 2013, this figure increased to 52 per cent. Possibly the increased coverage in the media has helped inform people and enhance support. Perhaps the same could have happened in France and the UK if their media had increased their coverage.
In LSE’s European Politics and Policy blog, Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Kristina Lani assess the coverage of European Commission presidential candidates in the Spanish media. Read the post