Urbanisation, globalisation and technological change have re-shaped societies and the world economy in the past decades. Urbanisation is accelerating. Globalisation is perhaps retreating now, but is continuously boosted by new technology and its capacity to integrate economies more deeply with each other. How do these forces of development and change link up with each other – and how will they evolve in the future?
Reuben Abraham is the CEO and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute in Mumbai and Visiting Fellow, The Urbanization Project at New York University. An entrepreneur and academic, Professor Abraham co-authored the recent study by the World Economic Forum on competitiveness of cities.
Nicklas Lundblad is the author of several books and studies on information technology and the society. A PhD in Informatics, Dr Lundblad is Director of public policy and government relations for Google in Europe.
Fredrik Erixon is Director of ECIPE and the author of several studies of globalisaiton and urbanisation.