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 to understand the relationship between technology, work and society and how technology can be developed to enhance and augment human activities.
Reynolds’ research focuses on 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.
Technology, jobs and the work of the future in the First-in-the-Nation Primary State, (with Ross Gittell), Union Leader, 2020
The new face of manufacturing jobs, Boston Globe Opinion, 2017
Technology could help Employers temper the Workforce Shortage, Union Leader, 2020
AI and the Future of Work: The Prospects for Tomorrow’s Jobs, IEEE Spectrum, 2019
Colorado at the forefront of artificial intelligence, what it means for jobs of the future, The Denver Channel, 2019
Across America: Auto Workers and Automation, NPR 1A, 2019
Technically we are at a crossroads: MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future, Nancy Duffy Show podcast, 2019
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