UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


A Modern Guide to Uneven Economic Development

08 March 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

A Modern Guide

Join us at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose for a fascinating discussion with Prof. Erik S. Reinert, Dr Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven and IIPP Founding Director, Prof. Mariana Mazzucato on the launch of 'A Modern Guide to Uneven Economic Development'.

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11 Montague Street
Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

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Edited by Erik S. Reinert, Honorary Professor, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), University College London and Adjunct Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies, TalTech; and Associate Professor Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Lecturer, Department of International Development, King's College London.

In contrast to neo-classical mainstream approaches to economics, this innovative Modern Guide addresses the complex reality of economic development as an inherently uneven process, exploring the ways of theorizing and empirically exploring the mechanisms with which the unevenness manifests itself. It covers a wide array of issues influencing wealth and poverty, technological innovation, ecology and sustainability, financialization, population, gender, and geography, considering the dynamics of cumulative causations created by the interplay between these factors.

View here an outline of the book's chapters.

When: 8th March 2023 at 17:30-19:00 GMT
Where: In-person at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose,11 Montague Street (WC1B 5BP), or online on Zoom
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About the Speakers

Erik Reinert

Honorary Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

Erik Reinert
Erik S. Reinert, a Norwegian citizen, is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology. He holds a BA from Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland, an MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. For almost two decades he ran a manufacturing company which by 1990 produced in three European countries. 

Reinert’s work has taken him to more than 70 countries; as a teacher, consultant, or in business. Much of his work is dedicated to teaching and researching in the theory and history of uneven development, with particular attention to the History of Economic Policy as an under-researched area. This includes publishing on the Economic Bestsellers before 1850, on the nearly 100 economics books that were published in more than 10 editions by that date. This includes several once famous economists who are today virtually unknown, this creating an alternative lineage to the Physiocracy-Smith-Ricardo lineage. Reinert’s book How Rich Countries got Rich and why Poor Countries Stay Poor has been translated into 20 languages. More about Erik Reinert

Professor Mariana Mazzucato

Founding Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value 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.

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Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

Economists and Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development at King’s College, London

Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven
Ingrid joined the Department of International Development at King’s in September 2021. She obtained her PhD in Economics from The New School in 2018 and held a lectureship at the University of York prior to joining King's as Associate Professor. Her work is interdisciplinary, cutting across development economics, international political economy, economic history and development studies. 

Her research is broadly centered on the role of finance in development, structural explanations for global inequalities, the political economy of development, and critically assessing the economics field itself, in particular from an anti-colonial perspective. 

She is also the founder and editor of the blog Developing Economics, co-founder and Steering Group Member of Diversifying and Decolonising Economics (D-Econ), Coordinator of the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE), among other things. 


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