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Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Executive Director, IPC
elisabeth reynolds

Elisabeth B. Reynolds is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer in MIT’s Dept. of Urban Studies in Planning. She is the executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center and more recently, became executive director of MIT’s Institute-wide initiative on the Work of the Future (WotF). WotF was launched in 2018 tounderstand the relationship between technology, work and society and how technology can be developed to enhance and augment human activities.


Reynolds’ research focuseson issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale, and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries. 


Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D., 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. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and a board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and Issue One. 


Liz holds a B.A. in government from Harvard. She was the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Montreal as well as a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. 





Innovation and Production: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Trends and Implications for US Cities and Regions, Built Environment, 2017

The new face of manufacturing jobs, Boston Globe Opinion, 2017


How to Revive Manufacturing in Massachusetts, WBUR Radio Boston, 2017

Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing, WGBH Morning Edition, 2015

Are American Workers the Best? WGBH The Innovation Hub, 2013


Production in the Innovation Economy, MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Conference, 2013