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Past Research Projects and Workshops

See the boxes below for some examples of the department's past research projects and workshops:

Rising Powers I

ESRC Rising Powers Networking Project

'State strategies of governance in global biomedical innovation: the impact of China and India'

Funder: UK Economic & Social Research Council
Timeline: April 2010-March 2011
Investigators: B Salter and A Faulkner at King's College London 

Innovation in biomedicine is a global enterprise with an increasingly important contribution being made by the Rising Powers, especially China and India. The crucial importance accorded to biomedicine amongst the core contemporary concerns of the Rising Power governments as well as that of the UK cannot be doubted. Emerging innovations in biomedicine internationally hold the promise of significant impact on global public health, healthcare systems and economic restructuring. However, the policy directions and institutional configurations for fully exploiting the scientific and innovation efforts on the global stage are currently unclear and unstable. National and international innovation in biomedicine challenges conventional modes of governance, including industry structures, sector organisation, and geographical locations.

Given this context and challenge, the aim of the project is to establish a network to develop, test and refine with academics and policy makers a robust interdisciplinary framework for the analysis of competing state strategies of governance in global biomedical innovation capable of illuminating the position of China and India and the policy implications for the UK: a framework that can serve as the platform for the development of a large, case-study based research proposal. A series of three workshops will be held in China, India and the UK, drawing on their academic and policy catchment areas to test the revised analytical framework, explore the dimensions of a project proposal that utilises this framework, and secure potential academic and policy partners for the subsequent project proposal.

A fourth and final workshop for UK policy makers drawn from bodies to include the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) and Bioscience Unit of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department of Health, the MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC Emerging Industries Programme, and the Technology Strategy Board will consider the implications of the Rising Powers analysis for the UK governance of biomedical innovation in terms of: firstly, the interrelationship of the contributing policy fields (eg scientific investment and organisation, patenting, regulation), points of policy synergy and dissonance, administrative modes for handling policy uncertainty, and areas for policy development; secondly, the design of the global project on state strategies of governance in biomedical innovation. This workshop will inform the final report which will provide a global perspective on the UK's approach to biomedical innovation and its position in the global debate about how the governance of the field can be most efficiently organised. .

Project Director

Professor Brian Salter, Principal Investigator, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London

Project Investigators

Dr Alex Faulkner, Co-Investigator, University of Sussex

Dr Stuart Hogarth, Co-Investigator, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London

Professor Pranav Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Professor M Ramesh, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Crisis, Reform and the Future of the City of London Workshop

The 'Crisis, Reform and the Future of the City of London' Workshop was held at King's College London on Tuesday 23 April 2013.

Workshop Programme


This one-day event brought together an invited audience of fifty experts from academia, government and finance as a forum for stimulating debate and sharing ideas about the impact of the financial crisis and the politics of reform in the City of London.


Sally Scutt, Deputy Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association, opened the proceedings with a keynote address. 


The workshop was then divided into four thematic panels which explored the role of the ‘City’ within the policy process, the extent to which it has engaged in learning and lesson drawing since the crisis, its capacity to shape the UK and EU regulatory reform agenda, and the implications of eurozone integration for the future of the City as the world’s leading international financial centre.


The panels included a range of fascinating speakers, including Ewald Engelen(Professor of Financial Geography, University of Amsterdam), Jonathan Rosenthal (Banking Editor, The Economist), Hannes Huhtaniemi (Policy Officer for Financial Stability, European Commission), Philip Booth (Editorial and Programme Director, Institute of Economic Affairs) and Philip Augar (author, ‘Reckless: The Rise and Fall of the City’).


The event was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council as a networking event for the 'Voices in the City' Project.


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