UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Innovation Strategy and Social Innovation

10 May 2023, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Innovation strategy and social innovation

Join us at UCL IIPP for a talk by Prof Kate Roll and Prof Geoff Mulgan.

This event is free.

Event Information

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All | UCL students






IIPP Comms

Hosted at Christopher Ingold Building G21 Ramsay LT, UCL on Wedensday 10th May 2023 from 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT) join us for a talk by Prof Kate Roll and Prof Geoff Mulgan on Innovation Strategy and Social Innovation.

16:00 – 16:30 – Opening talk from Prof Kate Roll from IIPP on Innovation Strategy - how technologies are socially embedded and the implications for ‘tech for good’ projects.
16:30 – 17:30 – Main talk from Prof Geoff Mulgan from STeAPP on Social Innovation – it's development and various trends.
17:30 – 18:00 – Q&A 

The talk is being organised as an enrichment event as part of an IIPP MPA module led by Prof Rainer Kattel. Students who would like to be notified of other events in the future can sign up by emailing IIPPComms@ucl.ac.uk.

  • Prof Kate Roll, Associate Professor, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • Prof Geoff Mulgan, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation, University College London (UCL)

About the Speakers

Prof Kate Roll

Associate Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Kate Roll

Dr Kate Roll is a political scientist interested in vulnerability, with a particular focus on how people gain greater social and economic security. Her wide-ranging research asks questions such as: Who gets what after war and why? And who carries risk when corporations sell through the poor? Her multi-disciplinary work brings together politics, innovation, and development studies. Committed to grounded research, she has conducted studies in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, and Kenya.

Dr Roll holds an MPhil in International Development Studies (2011; distinction) and a DPhil in Politics (2015) from the University of Oxford. Dr Roll’s doctoral fieldwork involved logging over 1,000 km on a motorbike, crisscrossing Timor-Leste to survey and interview over 220 former combatants – now one of the largest studies of its kind. Her BA from Brown University is in International Relations (2006; honours, Phi Beta Kappa), where her award-winning thesis focussed on how private military companies establish legitimacy.

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Prof Geoff Mulgan

Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL)

Prof Geoff Mulgan
Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL).  Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation between 2011 and the end of 2019.   Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and the Performance and Innovation Unit, and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office.  From 2004 to 2011 he was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; and has been a reporter on BBC TV and radio.

He has a PhD in telecommunications and has been a visiting professor at London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL) and Melbourne University, a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University and President of the Innovation Design Department at the Italian University for Design (IAAD) in Turin.   He has also been a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy.   Geoff has founded or co-founded many organisations including: Demos, the Young Foundation, the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust, Action for Happiness, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, States of Change, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Maslaha and Nesta Italia.

He has advised many governments, foundations and companies  He co-chaired a World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution and was a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow from 2019-22. He's a board member of Reimagine Europa and the Culture Trust.  He has pioneered many ideas used by governments, civil society and business – including joined-up government, anticipatory regulation, experimentalism, social investment and social impact bonds, open innovation and creative economy strategies, collective intelligence and data (these are covered in more detail in the 'ideas' section on this site).

Geoff has roles with Demos Helsinki and the New Institute in Hamburg.  At UCL he is co-lead of the International Public Policy Observatory on COVID (IPPO).   From January 2021 he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment panel (STOA).   In 2023-24 he is chairing a European Commission programme on 'whole of government innovation', working with a group of EU nations.

Geoff's books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press, 2008), ‘Good and Bad Power’ (Penguin, 2006), ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press, 2013), ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton University Press, 2017), 'Social innovation: how societies find the power to change' (Policy Press, 2019) and his latest ones are 'Another World is Possible: how to reignite social and political imagination' (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2022) and 'Prophets at a tangent: how art shapes social imagination' (Cambridge University Press, 2023).  His books have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Malay, Italian, Punjabi, Turkish, German, Japanese, French, Romanian and Greek.  More information on these and other books can be found in the books section of this site.  

Geoff has given TED talks on the future economy, happiness and education (these and others can be found in the videos section of this site).  He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2020.

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