UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


In the media

IIPP's research is regularly featured in the media around the world.



Mariana Mazzucato on BBC Newsnight, 31 January 2018

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IIPP's Josh-Ryan Collins and Laurie Mcfarlane's new book listed in "Best books of 2017: Economics", The Financial Times, 1 December 2017

Carlota Pérez's 'brilliant work' on cycles in economic history praised, Forbes, 25 November 2017

Mariana Mazzucato on Productivity and the UK Budget, Channel 4 News, 23 November 2017



Mariana Mazzucato is interviewed about her ambitions for IIPP, Times Education Supplement, 2 March 2017

Carlota Pérez on The State ... Fueling Growth and Prosperity,  Global Peter Drucker Forum 201717 November, 2017

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'Let those who use our tax havens contribute to the Irma repairs' Mariana Mazzucato, Guardian, 10 September 2017

'Trump’s infrastructure plan isn’t smart' Mariana Mazzucato, Guardian, 18 June 2017


Scotland plans £2bn national investment bank

Mure Dickie, Financial Times, 28 Feb 2018

Scottish government to launch national investment bank

Libby Brooks, The Guardian, 28 Feb 2018

UCL professor plays key role in Scotland’s new public investment bank

UCL News, 28 Feb 2018

Mission-oriented innovation could stimulate growth while tackling plastic in seas, dirty cities and dementia

UCL News, 22 Feb 2018

Scientists seek continuing free movement after Brexit

Clive Cookson, Financial Times, 22 Feb 2018

London Assembly Economy Committee

Mariana Mazzucato was invited to discuss the London Mayor's Draft Economic Development Strategy, 16 January 2018
London - for richer, for poorer?, 15 January 2018

Investments in space pay off

Mariana Mazzucato's approach of turning "economic uncertainty into calculable risk" works well for the space industry. Stephen Stanford, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1 January 2018

The Year Ahead 2018: Rediscovering Public Wealth Creation

IIPP Director argues that the wealth-creating role of the state is often forgotten, and the lessons cross political divides. Mariana Mazzucato, Project Syndicate, 21 December 2017

Must-Reads of 2017: Getting Serious About Land

"The book that did the most to alter my perception of the world." Rethinking the Economics of Land by Josh-Ryan Collins and Laurie Mcfarlane, reviewed, Justin Fox, Bloomberg View, 27 December 2017

Innovation in social care presents business opportunities at home and abroad

The work of Mariana Mazzucato is influencing the Labour party's industrial strategy, Rebecca Long Bailey and Barbara Keeley, The Times, Red Box, 21 November 2017

The Problem With Expensive Real Estate

The work of IIPP’s Joshua Ryan-Collins on land and its economic role, spotlighted in Bloomberg, Justin Fox, Bloomberg View, 16 November 2017

More intervention from state can help soften Brexit blow

Mariana Mazzucato says "We need to rethink the state’s role to allow it to be an active participant with business" Anthony Hilton, Evening Standard, 8 November 2017

Don’t mess with Mariana, the world’s scariest economist

Mariana Mazzucato says “As with all innovators, the state must be allowed to make mistakes” Helen Rumbelow, The Times, 7 November 2017

Time to slay the free-market myth monster

"Mazzucato has gathered an impressive selection of big names in the non-private economy on the IIPP’s advisory board." Edward Hadas, Reuters Breaking Views, 19 October 2017

Governments 'must create markets for good'

"Governments have a pivotal role to play in creating markets that innovate for the benefit of their citizens." Julian Blake, Digital Agenda, 15 October 2017

We all want economic growth. The real question is what type?

IIPP's Director on whether capitalism is at a crossroads. Mariana Mazzucato, Guardian, 1 October 2017



Discussion on the space innovation economy with the FT, 9 August 2017

Discussion on green innovation, China and Trump with the Banker, 1 February 2017


Boom and bust

Carlota Perez, Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose discusses “Boom and busts’ in an interview with Peter Day, Global Peter Drucker Forum, 12 September 2017
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After Irma, let those who use our tax havens contribute to the repairs

IIPP's Director on why governments need to make critical investments that transform their societies in ways that create capacity, knowledge and long-run growth. Mariana Mazzucato, The Guardian, 10 September 2017

IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato discusses the role of the state and sustainable growth

Corinna Milborn, Puls4 News, Austria, 7 September 2017

Britain’s economy is ‘broken’ and failing to tackle inequality, says major new report

Report on the IPPR's Commission on Economic Justice (of which IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is a member) new report ‘Time for Change’. Ben Chu, Independent, 6 September 2017

These are the five myths about Labour’s industrial strategy

"Our industrial strategy is inspired by the work of leading economist Mariana Mazzucato." Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Chi Onwurah, Independent, 3 September 2017

The billionaire space race

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“Entrepreneur means risk-taking and forming new markets. I think all the different actors in space, including NASA, has an entrepreneurial role.” IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is interviewed for an FT documentary on the future of the space innovation economy. Financial Times, 9 August 2017

How Britain fell out of love with the free market

IIPP's Director Mariana Mazzucato is cited as an influence on Labour policies arguing for state funded research. Andy Beckett, Guardian, 4 August 2017

Shooting for the moon: why we need a new mission for a zero-carbon future

Laurie Macfarlane, IIPP Honorary Research Associate, explains why we need to take mission-orientated approach to make a transition to to a zero carbon economy. Open Democracy, 1 August  2017

Look at the phone in your hand – you can thank the state for that

"Radical innovation, Professor Mariana Mazzucato reveals, almost always starts with the government - what makes a smartphone smart was actually funded by government." Rutger Bregman, Guardian, 12 July 2017

“O que seria da Google sem a Internet e o GPS? Nada”

Professor Mariana Mazzucato, argues that the state must be rewarded for the risks it takes. Sérgio Aníbal, Publico, 9 July 2017 (Portuguese)

“A maior parte das PME não presta”

Professor Mariana Mazzucato says Governments need to lead and provide direction which can be followed by the private sector. Riu Peres Jorge, Negocios, 5 July 2017 (Portuguese)

"Há governos que se prostituem para captar investimento"

Professor Mariana Mazzucato, advocates a strong and innovative state, without taxpayers' money, there would be no scientific breakthroughs. Luís Reis Ribeiro, Diario de noticias, 3 July 2017

Trump’s infrastructure plan is a pillar of his agenda. It also isn’t very smart

Infrastructure should not be seen as a quick fix, and it should equally not be seen as an opportunity for the private sector to make a quick buck. Mariana Mazzucato, The Guardian US, 18 June 2017

Il capitalismo è morto anche noi economisti non stiamo bene

Interview with Professor Mariana Mazzucato about "Rethinking Capitalism". Giuliano Aluffi, La Repubblica, 16 June 2017 (Italian)

Italian economy and low research and development spending

IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is interviewed for Otto e Mezzo, LA7, 24 May 2017 (Italian)

Necesitamos sector público y que no dependa de los partidos

An interview with Professor Mariana Mazzucato, where she says the true distinction in economics is not between public and private companies, but between good and bad. Lluís Amiguet, La Vanguardia, 10 May 2017 (Spanish)

“No ho sé”
RAC 1, 12 May 2017 (Spanish)

Is Labour’s plan to raise corporation tax a good idea?

“We should be trying to attract investment based on being a really great place to invest, not low tax rates,”. IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is quoted in the FT. Gemma Tetlow and Jim Pickard, Financial Times, 10 May 2017

UK Election

IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 2 May 2017

IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is interviewed for BBC Newsnight, 2 May 2017

"We need to better understand how modern capitalism works—and why, in key ways, it now doesn’t." Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato, Dissent, April 2017

UK budget

IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato is interviewed for BBC Newsnight, 9 March 2017

Interview with Mariana Mazzucato

Professor Mariana Mazzucato on rethinking the role of the public sector and her aims as founder of the new UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Hilary Lamb, Times Higher Education, 2 March 2017

China under Trump: The green innovation race

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Stefania Palma, The Banker, 1 February 2017

You always need the state to roar (PDF)

Professor Mariana Mazzucato discusses the state’s vital — and under-appreciated — role in creating and shaping markets. John Thornhill, Financial Times, 14 August 2015