Till July 2018 Richard Robert was the executive director of Paris Innovation Review. He took this position on March 1st, 2012, after a six-month period as the magazine’s chief editor. A graduate from Ecole normale supérieure (France), he started his career in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in University of Caen. In these early years he published six books on literature and history of ideas. He also founded and managed for seven years a quarterly journal on contemporary literature, Scherzo (Presses universitaires de France, 1997-2004). But what would be later called the Internet bubble provided jobs, ideas, prospects. He started to write on other topics and gradually left the academia for the Internet and publishing industry.
In Sept. 2002, soon after completing his PhD cum laude (“Utopy and individuals, 1770-1810”), he was recruited by Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT), a moderate labor union with a tradition of intellectual networking (Michel Foucault was a familiar in the 80es). For seven years he was the chief editor of a quarterly review, Cadres. He also served three years as an adviser for CFDT’s secretary-general François Chérèque. During this period he worked with French think tanks such as La République des Idées or En temps réel, writing political studies, translating books (from Suzanne Berger, Paul Berman, Michael Ignatieff), as well as reading a lot of economics and political science.
In Nov. 2005 he joined political scientist Zaki Laidi, economists Charles Wyplosz and Lionel Fontagné and media entrepreneur Jean-Christophe Boulanger to launch Telos, a European online intellectual agency first chaired by WTO’s Director-General Pascal Lamy. Telos publishes articles and op-ed on matters ranging from economic policy to international affairs; authors now include over 400 senior academics from 20 countries.
After quitting CFDT in 2009 Richard spent two years in Germany, working as a freelance writer, enjoying Schwarzbrot and getting married. He came back to Paris in 2011 to join ParisTech Review (now Paris Innovation Review) as chief editor. On the side he gives lectures, most of them at ENA (France’s National School of Administration). In the last 10 years he has published numerous op-ed and articles on economical and political matters in French and international newspapers: Le Figaro, La Tribune, Slate, Les Echos, L’Express, Esprit, Cadres (Paris), Le Temps (Geneva), and more.
Host Dan Loney is joined by Richard Robert (Editor, Paris Innovation Review), Ronald Granieri (Director of Research, The Lauder Institute), Felix Mormann (Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University), Michael Gerrard (Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Tuesday, December 11, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.