[Urbanstudy] Talk by Professor Chris Benner, at IIIT Bangalore
pbalaji at iiitb.ac.in
Thu Aug 17 14:26:29 CDT 2017
The Center for Information Technology and Public Policy (CITAPP)
International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB)
invites you to a talk titled
Equity, Growth and the Future of Work in the
University of California, Santa Cruz
4.00PM on 18 August, 2017 (Friday)
Venue: Room 307, IIITB campus
26/C, Electronic City, Hosur Road, Bangalore
About the talk:
In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization. Drawing on his most recent book (co-authored with Manuel Pastor), Dr. Benner will argue that lessons for addressing these challenges are emerging from a new set of realities: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides. Dr.Benner will end his talk with an examination of how these trends play out in Silicon Valley and in debates about the future of work in the information economy.
Speaker bio: Chris Benner is Professor of Environmental Studies and Dorothy E. Everett Chair of Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the relationships between technological change, regional development, and structures of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment patterns. Benner’s work has also included providing research assistance to a range of organizations promoting equity and expanded opportunity, including the Coalition on Regional Equity (Sacramento), Working Partnerships USA (San Jose), the California Labor Federation, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions among others. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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