Information Revolutions

Impact: Economic Impact

Description of impact

The object of the Roundtable was to connect historians, policymakers and corporate executives, to facilitate evidence-led discussion on long-run trends to help make sense of critical contemporary challenges. In this case the discussion focused on understanding the impact of Information Revolutions on firms, markets and government regulation. Alongside the event a briefing note and summary were also produced and sent to all participants.

Who is affected

The event bought together 11 speakers from both corporate and academic worlds, including: Dr Nicola Millard, BT’s Head of Customer Insight and Futures, Professor John Turner, Director of the Centre for Economic History; William A. Downe, former CEO of BMO Financial Group; Dr Judy Stephenson, Research Fellow in Economic History, University of Oxford; Dr Graham Brownlow, Lecturer in Economics, Queen’s University; Dr John Gent, former CEO JP Morgan International Bank; Dr Michael Aldous, Lecturer in Management, Queen’s University; Jacob Hipps, Director of Last Mile Strategy and Operations at; John Campbell, Economics and Business Editor, BBC Northern Ireland; Dr Laurence B. Mussio, CEO of SIERC and Historian; and Sir Jon Day, former Chair of the UK Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee.
Alongside a further 25 participants including a number of Chief Economists (Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Danske, EY, Bank of England), partners from international consultancies (PWC, Oxford Economics), alongside academic colleagues from QUB.


The event provided a platform to bring senior leaders of the highest level from the corporate world and from government to Queen's Management School, to meet with academics from within QUB and members of NI's corporate community. The roundtable was structured to enable discussion between participants on topics related to the impact of Information Revolutions, allowing an exchange of views from stakeholder groups who do not normally have occasion to interact. The findings were circulated after the event via a written report.
Impact statusCompleted
Impact date24 May 2018
Category of impactEconomic Impact
Impact levelEngagement