Dr Finbarr Livesey

Academic Visitor


My work 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, for mainly political reasons.


I have over ten years experience in carrying out and managing research in industrial economics, policy and management. My work is currently arranged around three themes

  • Public leadership for industrially-based growth
  • The changing economics of technology based industries
  • The development of new frameworks for industrial policy for developed economies

Prior to joining the Institute, I was a Director with GeoPartners, a consultancy based in Boston, Massachusetts, where I developed a public sector consulting practice. Between leaving the Kennedy School at Harvard and joining GeoPartners I assisted in setting up the Open Economies project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, acting as the policy director of the project.


Before moving to the United States in 1999, I worked with Cambridge Consultants Ltd., where I was a systems developer and consultant for four years. Other positions held include Consultant to the Department for Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Research Associate, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Consultant with Integral Inc., Boston.


As well as carrying out research within CIG, I am an active consultant to companies and government, working with large and small companies and many government bodies, and am a member of the management team of Cambridge Manufacturing Industry Links Ltd.

During my time at the IfM, I have taught on all of the degree courses at the Institute, as well as developing and delivering a new course on technology policy for the MPhil in Technology Policy at Cambridge. I have also taught on the Engineering Leadership Awards programme of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2003.


My original training is in Physics, which I studied at University College Cork, Ireland (B.Sc. 1994). I also have a Diploma in Computer Science from the Computer Laboratory and Christs College, University of Cambridge (1995) and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2001) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2011).



Peer reviewed papers

  • Livesey, F. (2012). Review of Lester, R. & Hart, D. (2011) Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America can build a low cost low carbon energy system, Science and Public Policy, forthcoming.
  • Livesey, F. (2011). Rationales for industrial policy based on industry maturity, Journal of Industry Competition and Trade, DOI: 10.1007/s10842-011-0103-8.
  • Plagnol, A., Rowley, E., Martin, P. & Livesey, F. (2009). Industry perceptions of barriers to commercialization of regenerative medicine products in the UK, Regenerative Medicine, Vol.4, No. 4, 549-559, doi:10.2217/rme.09.21.
  • Brevignon, L. & Livesey, F. (2007). What can be learnt from the Japanese regulatory approach to tissue engineered products?, Regenerative Medicine, Vol.2, No.6, 967-971, doi:10.2217/17460751.2.6.967.
  • Brevignon, L. & Livesey, F. (2006). Regulation of tissue-engineered products in the European Union: where are we heading?, Regenerative Medicine, vol 1. no. 5, pp. 709 – 714, doi:10.2217/17460751.1.5.709.

Commissioned reports

  • Dee, N., Livesey, F., Gill, D., & Minshall, T. (2011). Incubation for Growth: A review of the impact of business incubation on new ventures with high growth potential, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, London.
  • Moultrie, J. & Livesey, F. (2011). Design Economics: Design right case studies, Intellectual Property Office, London.
  • Livesey F. & Moultrie, J. (2009). Company spending on design: exploratory survey of UK firms 2008, Institute for Manufacturing.
  • Moultrie J. & Livesey F. (2009). Initial comparison of international design capabilities, Institute for Manufacturing.
  • Livesey, F., O’Sullivan, E. & Oughton, D. (2008). Support for the development of the low carbon energy technology strategy, report for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), March 2008.
  • Livesey, F., Minshall, T., & Moultrie, J. (2006). Investigating the technology-based innovation gap for the United Kingdom , report to the Design Council, June 2006.
  • Livesey, F. (2006). Defining High Value Manufacturing , report for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), January 2006.
  • Gregory, M., Hanson, P., van Bochoven, A.J. & Livesey, F. (2003). Making the Most of Production, report to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), July 2003.
  • Livesey, F., Cabell, D., Chan, J., Guerrero, S., Kariyawasam, R., & Moore, J. (2001). Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Moving forward with the Genoa Plan of Action, report prepared for the Montreal Meeting of the G8 DOT Force, October 2001.
  • Auerswald, P., Feinson, S., & Livesey, F. (2001). Competitive Imperatives for the Commonwealth: A conceptual framework to guide the design of the state economic strategy, report prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development, September 2001.

Conference papers

  • Dee, N., Livesey, F., Lubik, S. & Minshall, T. (2011). The Role of Entrepreneurial Finance as a Selection Mechanism in the Evolution of Industries, Academy of Management Conference, San Antonio Texas, 12th – 16th August 2011.
  • Moultrie J., Livesey T. F., Malvido C., Riedel J., Beltagui A., Pawar K., Nixon B., MacBryde J., Martinez V., Demian P., & Evans S. (2008). Developing a national design scoreboard, Design Research Society Conference, Sheffield UK, 16-19 July 2008.
  • Livesey, F. & Moultrie, J. (2008). Do trademarks and design registrations provide a better perspective on national innovation activity? DIME Conference on the Creative Industries and Intellectual Property, London May 22nd – 23rd 2008.
  • Blowfield, M., Visser, W., & Livesey, F. (2007). Sustainability Innovation: Mapping the territory, Corporate Responsibility Research Conference 2007, University of Leeds
  • Moultrie, J., Livesey, F., MacBryde, J., Martinez , V., Evans, S., Nixon, B., Pawar, K., Riedel, J. & Demian, P., (2006). Design Score Board: assessing national design performance, Performance Measurement Association 2006 Conference.

Newspaper and magazine articles

  • Livesey, F. (2011). The Leaders We Deserve, Huffington Post, 29th July 2011.
  • Livesey, F. (2011). Serve the Servants or Leadership by Degrees, Times Higher Education, 31st March 2011.
  • Livesey, F. (2010). Our industry is making new industries, The Manufacturer, June 2010.
  • Livesey, F. (2006). Viewpoint, Catalyst, Winter 2006.
  • Livesey, F. (2006). Manufacturing Management, IET Manufacturing Engineer, October 2006.
  • Livesey, F. and Shi, Y. (2005). The Challenge for Going Global, The Parliamentary Monitor Blue Skies, June 2005.

Book chapters

  • Minshall, M., Livesey, F., Mortara, L., Napp, J., Shi, Y. & Zhang, Y. (2010). Manufacturing and Open Innovation. In: Ryhanen, T., Uusitalo, M., Ikkala, O. and Karkkainen, A. eds. 2010. Nanotechnologies for Future Mobile Devices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Moultrie, J. & Livesey, F. (2010). Design Scoreboard: Development of an Approach to Comparing International Design Capabilities. In: Inns, T. ed (2010). Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary methods and findings, UK: Gower.
  • Livesey, F. (2001). Technology and Innovation Policy: Past, Present, and Future, in Kennedy School Review, June 2001.

Invited talks and presentations

  • Does the UK need a new industrial policy? Cambridge Public Policy Seminar Series, 21st October 2011
  • Briefing for members of the Advanced Manufacturing team from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and HM Treasury, Cambridge, 19th October 2011
  • Invited presentation at the Symposium on the Growth of Tomorrow, Centre d'analyse stratégique, Paris, 12th September 2011
  • Chair panel session “Research, Policy and Practice for Innovation in the High-Tech Economy” part of the Governor of Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy Mission to the UK, March 2011
  • Manufacturing matters, doesn’t it? Invited lecture as part of the Myths and Realities series, Academy of Social Sciences, British Library, March 2011
  • Presentation to the Food and Drink Manufacturing All Party Parliamentary Group on the future of the UK food and drink industry, 4th November 2010
  • Invitation to brief the Minister for the Economy, Mexico on new models of industrial policy, October 2010
  • Presentation on new models of industrial policy to visiting delegation from PROMEXICO, July 2010
  • Discussion on attitudes to innovation support, RAND Europe, November 2009
  • Distinguished speaker series, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, October 2007
  • How can UK manufacturers move into higher value markets, Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM) workshop, April 2007
  • Presentation on high value manufacturing to the UK Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG), July 2005

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