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Professor Deirdre McCloskey holds concurrent professorships in Economics, History, English and Communications at the University of Illinois. She graduated with a PhD from Harvard University in 1970, having, in 1968, already joined the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago where stayed until 1979.  In 1980, she became the Professor of Economics and History at the University of Iowa, a position she held until 1999. At that time, she began to work intensively on the role of rhetoric in economics and the history and philosophy of economics more broadly. In 1985, she published the very influential The Rhetoric of Economics  which gave rise to a coherent and important critique of conventional economic analysis. The applicability of mathematical deduction in economics and the scientific status of some aspects of econometric testing were also effectively challenged in a number of publications. In recent years she has embarked upon a major project: a six volume magnum opus on the integration of ethics into economic analysis. Already, two books have been published: The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce and Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World. Her next book,  Bourgeois Towns: How Capitalism Became Ethical, 1600-1848 is already available in draft for discussion on her website. This stream of work is posing a major challenge to conventional economic analysis.


Professor Alan Hughes is the Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies at the Judge Business School, and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. He is Director of the Centre for Business Research. His research interests centre upon: industrial and technology policy; the measurement of innovation; corporate governance, executive pay and business performance. Over the past 10 years he has published over 200 books, articles and chapters in books on these topics. His most recent work on innovation has been concerned with benchmarking university-industry innovation activities in the UK and the US. He has been highly influential in the design of UK innovation policy. In 2004 he was appointed by the British Prime Minister to membership of the Council for Science and Technology. He was also invited by the Australian Minister for Innovation and Industry to be an advisor to the Federal Panel reviewing the National Innovation System in 2008.


Dr Terry Cutler is an industry consultant and strategy advisor in the information and communications technology sector. He has received many awards and honours. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology and, in 2003, a Centenary Medal. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was appointed to the Board of CSIRO in 2002. He has had extensive engagement with public policy and has served on a number of government boards and advisory bodies.  In 2008, he chaired the Panel reviewing Australia’s National Innovation System for the Federal Minister for Innovation and Industry. The ‘Cutler Report’ has had considerable influence on Australian innovation policy.


Professor Ping Chen is a member of the National School of Development and Co- Director of the Virtual Science of Complexity Centre at Peking University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Center for New Political Economy at Fudan University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Texas at Austin in 1987, supervised by Ilya Prigogine. Ping Chen is a pioneer in studying economic chaos and economic complexity. His book, Economic Complexity and Equilibrium Illusion: Essays on Market Instability and Macro Vitality, published by Routledge in 2010, developed a new perspective on complex evolutionary economics. He has also been actively involved in China’s reform policy agenda since 1978. Currently, he is an expert advisor to China’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security, China Development Bank and the Shanghai City Government. His policy analysis appears in leading Chinese and American media outlets. 


Professor Giovanni Dosi is at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, where he coordinates the Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) and the International Doctoral Program in Economics. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and at The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) at The University of Manchester. His major research areas include: the economics of innovation and technological change; industrial organization and industrial dynamics; theory of the firm and corporate governance; economic growth and development. Professor Dosi is: Co-Director of the task forces on ‘Industrial Policy’ and ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ in the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, chaired by Professor Joseph Stiglitz, at Columbia University, New York; Continental European Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change; Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sussex; Corresponding Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In addition to publishing many pioneering articles in evolutionary economics, he co-edited the influential books, Technical Change and Economic Theory (1988) and The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities (2000). He has recently edited, with M. Cimoli, and J.E. Stiglitz, Industrial Policy and Development: The Political Economy of Capabilities Accumulation (Oxford University Press, 2009).
 

Professor Keun Lee is the Director of the Center for Economic Catch-up, Seoul National University. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His main research field is the economics of catch-up, with a focus on the role of business groups, corporate governance and growth, industrial policy, innovation and technology policy, and system transition, in the context of Korea, China, and other Asian economies.  He is the managing editor of Seoul Journal of Economics, and one of the editors for Research Policy. He has published in a variety of journals, including Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Comparative Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and World Development. He serves on the editorial board of the Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, Asian Economic Journal, China Economic Journal, Korean Studies, and Global Economic Review, and Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, Innovation and Development.


Dr Jason Potts is currently based at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, on leave from the School of Economics at University of Queensland where he was, for a decade, a key member of the ‘Brisbane Club’ group of evolutionary economists. He is also Principal Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. He is a former winner of the Schumpeter Prize and is an Editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics. He specialises in the economics of innovation and has examined how technological and institutional change results in economic growth. He pioneered the ‘network’ perspective on complex economic systems and developed the ‘micro-meso-macro’ methodology for modelling the processes of institutional and regulatory change in evolutionary economic processes.  His current work focuses on the economics of creativity and intellectual property rights. He is also analysing how common pool resources feed forward into evolutionary economic processes. 


Professor David Lane is at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He moved to Italy in 1993, after many years in the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota. Since 1988, he has been associated with the Santa Fe Institute, where he is currently a member of the External Faculty, the Science Board and the Editorial Board. He also serves on the editorial boards of Complexity, the Journal of Evolutionary Economics and the Science Board of the European Complex Systems Society. He is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Society, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the International Statistics Society and a past Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation. His research interests in the past include stochastic processes, the foundation of statistics, and causality assessment in a range of areas. For the past 15 years, he has been trying to develop a highly original theory of artefact innovation which is of core relevance in the field of evolutionary economics. 


Professor Peter Allen has been a pioneer in the development of complex economic system models that link with physical, ecological and social systems. Such models have been dedicated to the improvement of strategic and policy design. He founded the Complex Systems Research Centre at Cranfield University. The Centre has been involved in a wide range of research projects. These currently include: an EPSRC funded research project with De Montfort University on creating Smart Grid models to help policies and infrastructure decisions for future energy production and distribution; an ESRC funded joint project with Sheffield University "Modelling the Evolution of the Aerospace Supply Chain"; an EU Sixth Framework project "Quasiopportunistic supercomputing for complex systems in Grid environments" (QosCosGRID), concerning the development of evolutionary supply networks; OMEGA, a multi-university consortium carrying out research concerning Aviation and Environment. In this project, different European Carbon Trading scheme scenarios are examined to assess their impacts on innovation in the aviation sector. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal Emergence, Complexity and Organization. He was also co-founder of the Complexity Society that has organized courses and research seminars across the UK. 


Professor Stan Metcalfe is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester (UK), Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge (UK) and Adjunct Professor. Centre for Research in Applied Economics, School of Economics and Finance, Curtin University. During his career he has been very actively involved in the development of science and technology policy in the UK, being a member of various institutions including the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. His research interests include evolutionary economics and the modeling of evolutionary processes in relation to innovation, competition and economic growth. He is past President of the International Schumpeter Society, of the Manchester Statistical Society and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, He is also a Fellow Norwegian Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he was invited by Senator Kim Carr, Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, to participate as expert adviser in the review of the Australian National Innovation System.


Professor Ulrich Witt is the Director of the Evolutionary Economics Group at the Max Planck Institute of Economics which he founded in 1995 after joining the Max Planck Society. He is also Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Jena. His research interests centre upon the conceptual basis of an evolutionary economic approach which he has applied in several fields of economics. In 1988 he accepted a professorship in theoretical economics at the University of Freiburg, Germany and became Director of the Institute for Research into Economic Evolution. In 1993-94 he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics. He has received several fellowships, among others a Heisenberg-Fellowship from the German Research Fund (DFG) and a Thyssen-Foundation Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute. He has been awarded the William F. Kapp Prize of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy and served as an Honorary Visiting ESRC Professor at the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition, University of Manchester 1997-99. In 2003 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Witten-Herdecke and, recently, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Japan Association for Evolutionary Economics.