Elisabeth Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT IPC

Elisabeth B. Reynolds works 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 the pathways that U.S. entrepreneurial firms take in scaling production-related technologies, as well as advanced manufacturing, including the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative Executive Committee.

Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D., Liz 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.

Liz has an A.B. from Harvard in Government and was the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds a MSc. from the University of Montreal in Economics and a Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.

Related Work

Technological Forecasting & Social Change (in press, June 2017)
Strengthening advanced manufacturing innovation ecosystems: The case of Massachusetts

Built Environment, Vol 43, No. 1 (pp.25-43) 
Innovation and Production: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Trends and Implications for US CIties and Regions

Boston Globe    Opinion
The new face of manufacturing jobs   February 13, 2017

Radio Boston   WBUR
How to Revive Manufacting in Massachusetts  February 17, 2017
Link to Interview

Morning Edition     WGBH
Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing    
May 19, 2015
Listen here

The Innovation Hub  WGBH
Are American Workers the Best?  November 22, 2013
Listen here

MIT Production in the Innovation Economy
Conference – September 20, 2013 See the presentation

Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Hiram Samel and Joyce Lawrence, Learning by Building: Complementary Assets and the Migration of Capabilities in U.S. Innovation Firms” IPC Working paper, January, 2013 Read here

 K. Mills, E.B. Reynolds and A. Mills, “Clusters and Competitiveness: A New Federal Role for Stimulating Regional Economies” The Brookings Institute,
April, 2008  Read here