UC Center: Public Universities and Regional Development

Professor Martin Kenney’s lecture examines the contributions the various University of California uses have made to California's rise to become the world's first knowledge-based economy. He will show how campus relationships with local industries co-evolved in ways that benefited the university researchers, local entrepreneurs and their firms, and ultimately the California economy. Martin Kenney is a Professor in Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge, Hitotsubashi, Stanford, and Tokyo Universities. He co-authored or edited six books and 150 scholarly articles on industrial clusters, entrepreneurship, venture capital, university-industry relations, and value chain upgrading.