UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures 2023

13 March 2023, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Mariana Mazzucato

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato will deliver a lecture as part of the Lionel Robbins Lecture Series at the London School of Economics.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Watch the video hereLionel Robbins was one of the outstanding men of his time: economist, public servant and supporter of the arts. The lectures, which were established in his name, take place each year and are a major event in the life of LSE, featuring eminent economists from around the world.

Professor Mariana Mazzucato will show how our current global challenges around climate, health and digitalization require governments to invest in their internal creative capabilities, resisting the outsourcing trend and become more mission-oriented in how the state interacts with business.


Where: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A 3LJ


  • Monday 13 March @ 18:30 GMT - Putting collective value creation at the heart of economic thinking and practice

The lecture will take place between 18:30 - 20:00 GMT in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre (New Academic Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ) or join online. Tickets are free. Seats are on a first come first serve basis.

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About the Speaker

Prof Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, Director, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is winner of international prizes including the Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2021, Italy's highest civilian honour, the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.

She is the author of four highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013), The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018), Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (2021), and most recently The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies (2023). She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health for All, Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water, a member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, the European Space Agency’s High-Level Advisory Group on Human and Robotic Space Exploration for Europe, and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, among others.  More about Prof Mariana Mazzucato