UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


IIPP 2024 Forum - Rethinking the State

The world’s leading forum for exploring state-led transformation.

IIPP Forum 2024 The world’s leading forum for exploring state-led transformation

Rethinking the State: Driving transformative public policy in the era of climate emergency

We need new ideas, institutions, and policies to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. Yet markets will not find a green direction alone. To deliver a just transition to net zero, states must go beyond market-fixing and derisking and embrace their role as market shapers.

Public investment and mission-oriented industrial strategy can galvanise green innovation by holistically shaping new markets, whilst green financial policy can incentivise private capital to align with climate goals in ways that create clear accountability.

Join us at the 2024 IIPP Forum to rethink the existing policy paradigms and to explore what these transformative ‘market shaping’ policy approaches look like in practice.


Public Policy from the 'South-Up' in an Era of Climate Emergency

Wednesday 12 June, 18:00 - 19:30 BST

Join UCL IIPP in-person at the Gustave Tuck Theatre or online as it launches its new Strategic Economics Alliance (SEA), spearheaded by Prof. Mariana Mazzucato. The aim of the SEA is to challenge mainstream economic theory that restricts the role of the state in shaping markets and directing growth while also strengthening new economic thinking and practice that can create inclusive and sustainable economies; platforming especially the voices of women economists from the Global South who have been underrepresented.

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As part of the IIPP Forum 2024, UCL IIPP hosts three in-depth plenary sessions with complimentary workshops exploring new approaches to drive transformative public policy in the era of climate emergency.

Public sector capacities for transformative public policies

Public sector capacities for transformative public policies

Plenary session 1: Wednesday 12 June, 14:00 - 15:30 BST

How can governments build the capacity to design, implement and evaluate effective sets of industrial policies and policy instruments that are fit for purpose for today's challenges? Join this session and its two in-depth workshops to learn more about transformative public policymaking.

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Macrofinance and the ecological transition

Macrofinance and the ecological transition

Plenary session 2: Thursday 13 June, 9:00 - 10:30 BST

This session will critically examine the dominant policy narrative in which the private sector dictates the pace and direction of the green transition and consider alternative macrofinancial arrangements, including global reforms, that could more effectively steer economies towards sustainable well-being.

More information coming soon.

The Role of design in transformation

The role of design in transformation

Plenary session 3: Thursday 13 June, 14:00 - 17:00 BST

Design is an underpinning tenet of mission-oriented innovation. Join this session to explore how design and engagement strategies can accelerate the shift in policy practice needed to support transformative innovation and sustainability efforts on the scale that the climate crisis demands.

More information coming soon.

Contact information:  IIPPForum@ucl.ac.uk