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About POID

The Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) carries out cutting-edge research into how to boost productivity through nurturing innovation ideas that are new to the world and how to diffuse these ideas across the economy.

The £5 million programme will be led by Professor John Van Reenen, OBE, the Ronald Coase Chair in Economics at LSE and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance.

Professor Van Reenen is renowned for his research on productivity, which looks into the causes and consequences of innovation for economic life, both in terms of 'soft' innovation such as changes in management practices and 'hard' technologies such as information technology and artificial intelligence.

The programme is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The POID Advisory Committee is drawn from stakeholder and research communities. The Committee advises the Centre Director and Deputy Director on the progress and strategic direction of the Centre. It is also responsible for monitoring the progress of programmes and projects against the agreed objectives, quality assurance and contributing to the communications and dissemination strategy of the outputs. It meets regularly twice annually.

The members of the Advisory Committee are:

  • Andrea Coscelli (CEO, Competition and Markets Authority)
  • Chiara Criscuolo (OECD)
  • Tony Danker (Director General, CBI)
  • Stephanie Flanders (Bloomberg)
  • Andy Haldane (Chief Economist, Bank of England)
  • Clare Lombardelli (DG and Chief Economic Adviser, HM Treasury)
  • James Manyika (Chair and Director, McKinsey Global Institute)
  • Geeta Nathan (Head Of Economics and Insights, Innovate UK)
  • Rain Newton Smith (Chief Economist, CBI)
  • Damien Smith (Deputy Director of Research for Economics, ESRC)