UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Henry Lishi Li

Henry Li is a Senior Research Fellow in Health and Innovation Policies at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Henry Lishi Li
Henry operates at the intersection of research and policy around health and innovation at IIPP. Working closely with IIPP Founding Director, Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Henry develops and manages IIPP’s health portfolio, which currently consists of two main pieces:
  1. An Open Society Foundations project to rethink the economics of, and explore a greater role of the public sector in health innovation, for which Professor Mazzucato is the Principle Investigator; 
  2. The establishment and development of the new World Health Organization (WHO) Council on the Economics of Health for All, chaired by Professor Mazzucato. 

Additionally, Henry advises and implements policy engagement, relationship building, and advocacy activities pertinent to broader health, innovation and industrial policies. 

He is a member of the IIPP Vatican Task Force that formulates policy advice to the Vatican COVID-19 Commission’s Economy Taskforce. 

Henry is involved in IIPP’s graduate training programme as an advisor to PhD students, and a tutor and dissertation/placement supervisor for the IIPP Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value.

Prior to joining IIPP, Henry gained experience working with policymakers representing different countries and constituencies through various health policy projects, including at the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (chaired by Jim O’Neill), Cancer Research UK, WHO, UNICEF China, and Chatham House.

Henry holds a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he studied public administration in health policy at central and local levels in China, using a national campaign on antibiotic stewardship in hospitals as a case study. 

Selected publications

Academic working papers
  • Mazzucato, M and Li, H.L.(2020). A market-shaping approach for the biopharmaceutical industry: governing innovation towards the public interest.UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Working Paper Series (IIPP WP 2020-21). Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/wp2020-21 
  • Mazzucato, M and Li, H. L. (2020). The Entrepreneurial State and public options: Socialising risks and rewards. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Working Paper Series (IIPP WP 2020-20). Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/wp2020-20
Book chapters
Journal articles
Policy reports
In the media