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The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is changing how public value is imagined, practiced and evaluated to tackle societal challenges.

The world is facing pressing challenges — social, technological and economic. What is the future of the welfare state? How can digital platforms be governed in democratic and inclusive ways? What new forms of investment, regulation and collaboration can best tackle global warming? 

The answers to these questions require public and private organisations to collaborate in new ways and become more purpose-driven.  In this context, governments require different tools and capabilities to co-create and co-shape markets, not just fix market failures. 

IIPP’s work is dedicated to this ambition. We bring revived notions of public value and public purpose to the centre of political economy and to concrete policy practice. Our work equips leaders to co-design growth that is innovation-led, sustainable and inclusive.

In order to achieve this mission, IIPP works across a number of key areas:

NEW RESEARCH FOR A NEW MOVEMENT

Our interdisciplinary research tackles the complex relationships between economic, technological and social changes, covering four cross-cutting pillars of inquiry.

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    TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

    Our teaching programmes, including an undergraduate module, Masters programme and PhD programme, connect theories of innovation with new thinking about public value creation.

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      GLOBAL POLICY IMPACT

      We help global policymakers discover better solutions to complex problems in areas like industrial strategy, innovation policy, economic development, and institutional design.

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        ENGAGING THE PUBLIC

        To create a radical shift in economic thinking, we must actively test our ideas through civic engagement. We do so by working closely with the worlds of arts, economics, architecture and design.

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          Contact us

          If you'd like to get in touch about our work, you can contact us through the following details:

          Address:

          11 Montague Street
          London, WC1B 5BP

          General enquiries:

          iipp-admin@ucl.ac.uk
          Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6173

          Media enquiries:

          iippcomms@ucl.ac.uk

          We are a department within University College London (UCL) — founded in 1826 to solve grand challenges — and part of The Bartlett, the world’s number one faculty for the built environment, known internationally for its radical thinking about space, design and sustainability.