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Elizabeth Β. Reynolds


Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer
ΜΙΤ - Department of Urban Studies in Planning

Elisabeth Reynolds is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer in MIT’s Dept. of Urban Studies in Planning (DUSP). She is the executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center and most recently, MIT’s Institute-wide Task Force on the Work of the Future (WotF) which was launched in 2018. Her research examines systems of innovation and economic development more broadly with a focus on advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale, and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries. Her recent work with the Task Force has focused on the intersection between technology and work and the implications for workers across a range of industries. She has advised several organizations and states on developing industry clusters and regional innovation ecosystems.


Prior to coming to MIT, Dr. Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit focused on job and business growth in urban areas. Before joining ICIC, she worked as an analyst in a Canadian public policy think tank as well as in investment banking. She has been actively engaged in efforts to rebuild manufacturing capabilities in the US as a member of the Obama Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, and more recently, the Massachusetts Emergency Response Team set up in the face of COVID-19 to increase the state’s production of PPE.

Dr. Reynolds is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Montreal as well as a PhD from MIT DUSP.