A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

Working closely with

Through our Productivity Commission and 8 Regional Productivity Forums we are working with policy makers on critical productivity issues at both a local and national level.


The Productivity Commission is the policy arm of The Productivity Institute and regularly meets to discuss ongoing policy questions throughout the UK.

It is an independent academic forum for the development of research-based policies and a focal point for Whitehall initiatives. We aim to develop and support a new constituency to support the national debate on productivity and promoting robust and consistent policies to address the UK’s chronic productivity shortfall.

The Commission aims to understand the policy implications of research produced by The Productivity Institute and elsewhere, as well as develop strong institutional links with government and other national bodies. It was launched on 16 September, 2021 by our partner NIESR.

The first evidence review can be accessed on NIESR’s website.

The Commissioners are:

Professor Jagjit Chadha NIESR (chair)

Professor Bart van Ark The University of Manchester

Professor Alan Barrett Economic and Social Research Institute

Professor Gillian Bristow University of Cardiff

Professor Diane Coyle Bennett Institute of Public Policy, Cambridge

Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones Ulster University

Rachel Lomax Formerly HMT and BoE

Paul Mortimer-Lee NIESR

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli University of Glasgow

Professor Adrian Pabst NIESR

Dr. Dirk Pilat OECD

Professor Sir Chris Pissarides LSE

Professor Tony Venables University of Manchester

Professor Jackie Wahba University of Southampton

Professor Stian Westlake Royal Statistical Society

Professor Andy Westwood University of Manchester

Professor Cecilia Wong University of Manchester

The commission will have four evidence sessions in its first year – a call for written submissions, followed by an evidence session, which will contribute to a report highlighting the key issues to policymakers and suggest policies that can be implemented to help improve the UK’s productivity.

The evidence calls are:

Sizing the problem nationally, regionally and sectorally

International best practice

More information on how to get involved can be found through our partner NIESR.

Regional Forums

The forums are involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Their members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each Regional Productivity Forum is chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities.

The eight Forums are based in:


Introducing The Productivity Lab

Register for The Productivity Institute Business Conference 2022

Guide to making public sector productivity practical released