Prof John Spoehr, Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute

Flinders University (SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

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John Spoehr is a highly regarded economist with a long track record researching, commentating and leading in South Australia.

He has over 25 years' experience as a social and economic analyst focussing on employment and industry policy, inequality and social justice. John has written extensively in academic and mainstream media on economic and industry development, employment, unemployment and the socioeconomic impact of change.

As Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University in South Australia, John leads a multi-disciplinary team focusing on industry and workplace transformation in the context of technological change and innovation.

He played a leading role in the establishment of the Stretton Centre, a regional hub in northern Adelaide for integrated industry, workforce and urban development, addressing challenges and pursuing opportunities through research, collaboration and innovation.

Prior to this John established and lead the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre at the University of Adelaide for 23 years.

John's major publications include 'The Engaging State - South Australia's engagement with the Asia Pacific Region' with Purnendra Jain, 'State of South Australia - from crisis to prosperity?' and 'Power Politics - the electricity crisis and you'. His latest edited book is 'State of South Australia - turbulent times', published by Wakefield Press.

John is the Patron of the Don Dunstan Foundation and an Honorary member of the Leaders Institute of SA. He is a member of the Australian Design Integration Network, an Advisory Committee member of the Adelaide Festival of Architecture and Design, and a Chief Investigator of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

At Powering the change, John will speak on the intersection between Industry 4.0, billed in some circles as 'the next industrial revolution', and circular economy.

John Spoehr will be speaking at the session Advancing manufacturing: industry 4.0 and the circular economy.