Dr Finbarr Livesey joined POLIS in March 2013 as Lecturer in Public Policy
and Deputy Director of the MPhil in Public Policy.
Prior to this he was
Acting Director of the MPhil in Technology Policy at the Judge Business
School, University of Cambridge.
Dr Livesey’s research and teaching focuses on the changing economics
of technology-based industries and the role that government can and
should play in supporting their growth. These issues are critically
important for countries such as the UK, as future growth depends on
being able to understand how new industrial systems and industries
emerge and how the national economy can capture sufficient value as they
grow and internationalise. This area has been understudied over the
past twenty years as industrial policy and the complementary analysis of
the structure of the economy went out of fashion.
Future research on these topics will take forward the critical issue
of public leadership for growth. This will focus on two areas. First,
the lack of frameworks for modern industrial policy, along with the
dominance to this point of neoclassical economics in policy making,
means having robust foundations for a new understanding of industrial
economics is vital. Second, the processes by which policy is developed,
especially on economic and industrial issues, requires further study as
calls for evidence-based policy making and open models of policy
development are radically changing the policy development process.
Dr Livesey originally trained in physics (University College Cork,
Ireland) and Computer Science (University of Cambridge) and spent five
years as a technology developer and consultant with Olivetti Research
Labs and Cambridge Consultants Ltd. After leaving industry, he completed
a Masters in Public Policy at the Kennedy School (Harvard University)
and then took a PhD in industrial economics and policy (University of
Cambridge). He also ran the Centre for Industry and Government at the
Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge between 2004 and