Talk by Prof. Chris Benner, University of California, Santa Cruz was held on August 18, 2017 at IIIT Bangalore
Aug 18, 2017

Title of the Talk: “Knowledge Matters: Equity, Growth and the Future of Work in the Information Economy” 

About the talk: In recent 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 argued 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 ended 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.