UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rethinking the State in the 21st century

23 April 2019–25 April 2019, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Innovation is political

Call for papers for a workshop event organised by the INET Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) and the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Besiana Balla


44 Russell Square
United Kingdom


Countries around the world are increasingly facing societal challenges, such as growing inequality, climate change, and aging populations. Contemporary challenges require the existence of the 21st century States acting as a crucial partner for innovation and structural change. Mission-oriented policies have the power to steer economic growth towards a more sustainable and innovation-friendly paradigm. The 21st-century State should be about co-creating and co-shaping markets, rather simply fixing them. This would require thinking about the capabilities of the public sector, and how to evaluate the economic and social role of the State in a dynamic way, outside of the narrow focus of cost-benefit analysis.

The event

The Economics of Innovation WG and the Development WG together with IIPP are organizing a 3-day workshop in London on 23-25 April 2019.

This proposed YSI workshop event, to be hosted at IIPP, has the purpose of rethinking the economic role of the State in 21st-century capitalism. Keynote speeches will be given by leading global academics and policymakers in the fields of economics of innovation, industrial policy, macroeconomic policy, and economic sociology. Confirmed speakers include: Mariana Mazzucato, Carlota Perez, Bill Janeway and more.

To secure a place, young scholars are invited to submit their papers according to four different areas:

  1. Redefining and evaluating the public sector
  2. Creating public value and public purpose
  3. Assessing and delivering mission-oriented policies
  4. Public ownership of banks and enterprises

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to present research findings to prominent researchers in the field who act as mentors to young scholars in the session. There are limited travel and accommodation funding based on individual applications.

More details


Please submit your abstract here: https://fs24.formsite.com/inet/fxf43ljetc/index.html specifying which theme you are applying to. Deadline for paper submissions is 12 noon GMT, Friday 15 March 2019.


If you have further questions, please contact the organizers at:
Besiana Balla (besiana.balla@sciencespo.fr) or Tue Anh Nguyen (tue.nguyen@bsg.ox.ac.uk)

Organising Team

Besiana Balla and Tue Anh Nguyen (YSI)
Simone Gasperin and Laurie Macfarlane (UCL IIPP)