Productivity project shortlisted for national award

Productivity project shortlisted for national award

Professor Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School has been shortlisted for ESRC’s Celebrating Impact awards 2022 as the Co-Director of the Productivity Insights Network.

He has been shortlisted alongside Professor Philip McCann from Alliance Manchester Business School.

The ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) awards feature six categories ranging from outstanding impact in business and enterprise, to impact in public policy and society. This year the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are a prominent theme among the finalists which cover a diverse array of topics, from environmental protection and conservation to regional inequality.

Professor Vorley said he was “proud of the achievement of the whole team that engages more social scientists with the UK productivity puzzle”. The nomination of the Productivity Insights Network recognises the impact of the team in influencing policymaking at the highest levels - notably around the Levelling Up white paper and the Innovation Strategy.

As well as the impactful work of the core team, Professor Vorley explained that “the Productivity Insights Network supported a range of interdisciplinary projects that developed new insights as well as supporting a new wave of Early Career Researchers.”

Professor Vorley and the team at the Oxford Regions, Innovation and Enterprise Lab (ORIEL) at Oxford Brookes Business School continue to be engaged in innovation and Productivity research with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK, as well as regionally through OxLEP and the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.

ESRC’s interim Executive Chair, Professor Alison Park, said: “The Celebrating Impact competition is an opportunity to pay tribute to the UK’s world-leading economists and social scientists, highlighting how their work makes a difference to people and organisations in the UK and beyond. The impacts of all the finalists are impressive.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 2 November. You can read full details of all the award nominations.