De/Re-Industrialization: Legacies Challenges and Future Prospects

Industries are relocating and employment needs are changing. How should corporations and governments handle the negative fallout on economies, societies and political systems? Should we – could we? – re-industrialize?

13 January 2021

Online Briefing

08:00 ET | 13:00 GMT

Understanding why regions around the world are experiencing deindustrialisation and the negative impact these processes have had on economies, societies, and political systems have become increasingly pressing questions for both corporate and policy decision makers. Processes of deindustrialization lead to changes in patterns of manufacturing, shifting where and how industry operates, affecting regional levels and types of employment. In turn, these developments require the reconfiguration and development of assets and supply chains, and the generation of new skills through training and education.

In this LRI briefing, this panel of leading economists, historians, and industry representatives will examine the causes and consequences of deindustrialisation. They will also discuss how long run perspectives help them to think about possibilities for reindustrialisation, and the implications these trends have for today’s corporate decision makers and policy makers in addressing these challenges.

We are indebted to Chief Executives’ Club, Queen’s University, Belfast, for their support with this LRI Briefing.


  • Graham Brownlow, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Judy Stephenson, Associate Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment, University College London
  • Tirthankar Roy, Professor in Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Rose Mary Stalker, Chair of Invest Northern Ireland
  • Michael Aldous, Senior Lecturer in Management Queen’s University Belfast, and Co-Founder & Director, Long Run Institute (moderator/chair)

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