Forward Faster

Forward Faster

Forward Faster with former Dean JB Holston and Elizabeth Reynolds

May 19, 2020

Are robots really going to take away jobs? Elizabeth Reynolds, Executive Director of MIT's Industrial Performance Center stops by the studio on the way back home from Brazil for a chat with former Dean Holston. Dr. Reynolds's discusses her collaborative interdisciplinary work around the relationship between technology and work today, the future of work, and the digital divide.


About Elizabeth Reynolds

Elisabeth Reynolds is the executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center and a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Reynolds works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative as well as the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Her current research focuses on the pathways that US entrepreneurial firms take in scaling production-related technologies, as well as advanced manufacturing, including the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry. Before coming to MIT for her PhD, Reynolds was the director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter, focused on job and business growth in urban areas. Reynolds has an AB from Harvard in government and was a Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds an MSc from the University of Montreal in economics and a PhD from MIT in urban and regional studies.