UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


In the Media

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose's work is regularly featured in the media around the world including articles, TV, radio and podcasts.

The World Is Still Failing at Pandemic Preparedness and Response

The G20 and international financial institutions still have not created a pandemic preparedness and response framework capable of managing the next global health crisis. Fortunately, some low- and middle-income countries are pioneering new models for filling the gaps.

Read: Project Syndicate

18 November 2022

Pope Francis: 'Three world wars in one century: be pacifists!'

"And now I have put Mariana Mazzucato in the Pontifical Academy for Life. She is a great economist from the United States, I put her there to give a little more humanity to it. Women carry their own, they don't have to become like males. No! they are women, we need them. And a society that erases women from public life is a society that impoverishes itself."

Read: Vatican News

6 November 2022

Mariana Mazzucato: “Se piensa mucho en redistribución, en lugar de creación del valor” (Mariana Mazzucato: "A lot is thought about redistribution, instead of creating value")

Mariana Mazzucato spoke to Jorge Fontevecchia about the Latin American economy and how to make capitalism work.

Read: Perfil

5 November 2022

The Entrepreneurial State Must Lead on Climate Change

As a much-touted green alliance of financial institutions crumbles, the private sector has once again proven unequal to the task of climate leadership. The global transition to a net-zero economy simply will not happen at the pace that is needed unless states embrace their proper role as a market maker and investor in public goods.

Read: Project Syndicate

4 November 2022

Mariana Mazzucato speaks on Andrew Marr's LBC show about UK interest rate rises

Mariana Mazzucato breaks down 'dysfunctionalities' in the economic system which should be tackled instead of 'punishing consumers and families' who already face high costs of living.

Listen: LBC

3 November 2022

Innovationspolitik: Wie Bürokratien Innovationen schaffen (Innovation policy: How bureaucracies create innovations)

"Innovation and public administration do not have to be mutually exclusive, quite the opposite," Rainer Kattel tells Ina Bierfreund.

Read: Tagesspiegel

3 November 2022

Mariana Mazzucato speaks to CNN in Chile

CNN Chile's Orlando Silva interviews Mariana Mazzucato about her visit to Chile and discusses how her economic ideas can be implemented in the country.

Watch: CNN Chile

2 November 2022

Las reservadas dos horas de Mazzucato en el Laboratorio de Gobierno del Ministerio de Hacienda (The reserved two hours of Mazzucato in the Government Laboratory of the Ministry of Finance)

The famous mission economist visited the Laboratorio de Gobierno, an agency of the Ministry of Finance, on Friday morning, where she congratulated the State for activating innovation policies. 

Read: Ex-Ante

28 October 2022

Burla a la ciencia (Mock science)

Jorge Ivan Gonzalez' commentary on the concept of the Entrepreneurial State

Read: La Republica

28 October 2022

Mariana Mazzucato speaks to Alejandro Bercovich

A televised interview (in Spanish) on C5N in Argentina

Watch: C5N (via YouTube)

26 October 2022

Mazzucato elogió las misiones del plan Argentina Productiva 2030 (Mazzucato praised the missions of the Argentina Productiva 2030 plan)

The Secretary of Industry and Productive Development, José Ignacio de Mendiguren and the economist Mariana Mazzucato, met with the technical teams of the Plan Argentina Productiva 2030, which incorporates, they say, " unprecedented development concepts for a industrial plan in Latin America". 

Read: El Economista

26 October 2022

Businesses call for nature impact disclosures to be mandatory by 2030

"Mandatory [nature impact] disclosures will only be effective in addressing biodiversity declines if they rapidly translate into transforming nature-depleting business models," says Katie Kedward.

Read: The Guardian

26 October 2022

New Missions for Latin America

Strategic clarity is needed now more than ever to face both the immediate cost-of-living crisis and the longer-term structural challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Policymakers will need a new narrative that puts innovation-led growth and an empowered, capable state front and center, writes Mariana Mazzucato.

Read: Project Syndicate

24 October 2022

‘No creo en el no crecimiento’: Mariana Mazzucato ('I don't believe in non-growth': Mariana Mazzucato)

Mariana Mazzucato is the fashionable economist in Colombia and in the world. Exclusively for Forbes Colombia, she spoke about her vision for the global energy transition and analyzed the strategies of central banks to face a recession that, in her opinion, could become a depression.

Read: Forbes Colombia

22 October 2022

Trussonomics is dead, but not before laying a trap for Labour

The defeat of free market ideology will be worthless if it results in a fear of public spending and an unquestioning faith in the markets, writes Josh Ryan-Collins

Read: The Guardian

18 October 2022

'Truss likely to be toppled immediately,' says former UK Tory minister

Christiane Amanpour speaks with Rory Stewart, former UK Conservative minister, and Mariana Mazzucato, Professor at the University College London, on the latest market turmoil and political chaos in Britain.

Watch: CNN

17 October 2022

In UK fallout, lessons for a world facing harsh economic realities

On Friday, battered by savage criticism, she retreated. Truss fired her top finance official, Kwasi Kwarteng, for creating precisely the package of unfunded tax cuts, billion-dollar spending programs and deregulation that she had asked for.

Read: New York Times, via Indian Express

15 October 2022

Mariana Mazzucato: Mission-oriented institutions for the climate transition

Although global climate commitments are important, they will not amount to much without the institutional foundation that the transition to a zero-carbon economy needs.

Read: Labour Tribune MPS

11 October 2022

Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Josh Ryan-Collins makes the wider case for public wealth funds, and how they help governments invest for the future and make sure that returns go back to citizens.

Listen: Podfollow

10 October 2022

Rosie Collington speaks to Al Jazeera

:An interview on the impact of public services cuts on people's health and wellbeing

Watch: YouTube

5 October 2022

Toward a Progressive Economic Agenda

Past policy failures and unmet populist promises represent an opportunity for progressive leaders. But to win power, they must articulate a coherent alternative economic-policy program, focusing not only on redistribution but also on wealth and value creation. Professor Mariana Mazzucato explores this for Project Syndicate.

Read: Project Syndicate

5 October 2022

Liz Truss wants to inflict more austerity on Britain – but there’s nothing left to cut

Instead of merely ‘trimming the fat’ from the public sector, this government seems intent on sinking the welfare state entirely, writes Rosie Collington.

Read: The Guardian

4 October 2022

«Wir haben sehr träge Staatsapparate, die nicht in die eigenen Köpfe investieren, sondern alles an McKinsey auslagern» (“We have very sluggish state apparatuses that do not invest in their own talent, but instead outsource everything to McKinsey”)

Professor Mariana Mazzucato advocates a "mission economy": the state should set the direction for innovations. She accuses the private sector of only looking for short-term gains.

Read: Neue Zürcher Zeitung

4 October 2022

Asia and the Pacific’s Developing Countries Need a Mission to Move Forward

As the region recovers from the pandemic there is an opportunity to rethink how development is undertaken and to deploy mission-oriented approaches to policy making, writes Rainer Kattel, with Susann Roth.

Read: Asian Development Blog

28 September 2022

Josh Ryan-Collins reacts to the latest UK Government budget

"There's no academic evidence that cutting taxes for the rich boosts employment, investment or growth." Associate Professor Josh Ryan-Collins shared his thoughts during an interview on TalkTV.

Watch: TalkTV

26 September 2022

Transforming the Economics and Governance of Water

Water-related crises around the world have shown that current systems of governance and economic organisation are unsuited for a world altered by global warming. Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Johan Rockström and Tharman Shanmugaratnam explore this topic in a Project Syndicate op-ed.

Read: Project Syndicate 

21 September 2022

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme 

Professor Mariana Mazzucato appears on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme to discuss the prospects of the UK 'mini' budget and why simplistic tax cuts will not induce growth, but simply increase inequality...again.

Listen: BBC Radio 4

20 September 2022

What Role Should Business Play in Society?

Professor Mariana Mazzucato explores this topic in a Harward Business Review article.

Read: Harvard Business Review

19 September 2022

Rewriting the Rules of Capitalism and Public Investment — with Mariana Mazzucato

Professor Mariana Mazzucato recently appeared on The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway.

Listen: The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway

15 September 2022

Failing the Pandemic Preparedness Test

After significant advocacy by poorer countries and civil society, the G20’s pandemic-preparedness fund is being designed to embody a more equitable and balanced governance model. But without adequate funding and much larger additional investments in health systems, the new fund will become just another burdensome distraction. Professor Mariana Mazzucato explores this topic in a recent Project Syndicate article.

Read: Project Syndicate

15 September 2022

Green Energy: Some Inconvenient Truths

How is the world going to get to net zero by 2050 and who is paying the bill? Professor Mariana Mazzucato thinks labelling it as a bill we all have to pay is misleading.

Listen: BBC

31 August 2022

England housing strategy could consume over 100% of the nation’s carbon budget

Professor Josh Ryan-Collins with the team of researchers explore a range of policies that could help the Government to meet England’s housing needs without transgressing environmental limits

Read: Envirotec

23 August 2022


Professor Mariana Mazzucato recently appeared on a Adam Buxton podcast episode where she explored how capitalism fails and how it can be made to work better by 'reimagining the state'.

Listen: Adam Buxton

12 August 2022

The world needs governments to take more risks

The world needs governments to take more risks, according to Professor Mariana Mazzucato

Watch: World Economic Forum

20 July 2022

An effective pandemic response must be truly global

The world needs a global pandemic preparedness and response strategy that is built on equitable and representative decision-making. But developing one will require the G20 and the World Bank to abandon their current "health for some" approach, according to Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Professor Jayati Ghosh. 

Read: Project Syndicate

20 July 2022

Keith Magee appointed as Chair of The Guardian Foundation’s board

IIPP Visiting Professor Keith Magee is appointed as Chair of The Guardian Foundation board. 

Read: The Guardian

19 July 2022

Mariana Mazzucato: leading a new type of economics

Jessamy Bagenal discusses the work of Professor Mariana Mazzucato on the WHO Council on the Economics of Health For All. 

Read: The Lancet 

16 July 2022

Six policies to restrain profits and get wages on track

While the UK economy is subject to the same global factors as other countries around the world – COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, for example – signs suggest it will do even worse than its competitors, according to Professor Mariana Mazzucato 

Read: The Times

16 July 2022

Economics made simple: 10 experts on where the cost of living crisis came from, and where it’s heading

What could / should the government be doing and will the crisis eventually bring down house prices? Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Associate Professor in Economics and Finance Dr Josh Ryan-Collins explore these areas in their recent Guardian article.

Read: The Guardian

16 July 2022

Going to the moon and back 

In the penultimate episode of this season from the Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Mariana Mazzucato invites Will Hutton to IIPP to explain how the public sector could be reshaped to benefit everyone.

Listen: The We Society Podcast (30 minutes and 22 seconds)

12 July 2022

Keith Magee appointed as Chair of The Guardian Foundation’s board

IIPP Visiting Professor Keith Magee is appointed as Chair of The Guardian Foundation board. 

Read: The Guardian

19 July 2022

How the G7 Could Help the Debt-Distressed

If G7 leaders are serious about helping low- and middle-income countries prepare for the next pandemic or address climate change, they have an odd way of showing it. As many developing countries hurtle toward a debt crisis, rich countries are failing to pull the levers that could help them avoid the worst.

Read: Project Syndicate

23 June 2022

BBC Newsnight

Professor Mariana Mazzucato appears on BBC Newsnight to discuss inflation and pay.

Watch: Newsnight (from 13:08 - 20:27)

22 June 2022

Moving beyond the rhetoric of purpose and building a truly multi-stakeholder approach

A guest op-ed from Mariana Mazzucato, professor in the economics of innovation and public value at University College London

Read: The Economist

21 June 2022

Is This What True Emancipation Looks Like?

As we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember that our freedom is still incomplete, says Visiting Professor Keith Magee in his recent piece for The Root.

Read: The Root

19 June 2022

Carlota Pérez : "La jeunesse gaspille son talent dans la chimère des cryptomonnaies"

A specialist in innovation, IIPP Professor Carlota Perez explains how the digital revolution, associated with the ecological transition, could lead us to a "golden age".

Read: L'Express

12 June 2022

A New Model for African Health

'Despite inadequate international support and a lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines, African governments and regional institutions have acquitted themselves well in responding to the pandemic. The task now is to build on these successes, making “health for all” an overarching whole-of-government priority, according to Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Vera Songwe

Read: Project Syndicate

20 May 2022

Three lessons from countries that performed best in tackling Covid-19 challenges

Key factors in countries’ success during the pandemic are long-term investment in public health systems, mission-driven leadership and fiscal space, according to Professor Jayati Ghosh and Professor Mariana Mazzucato

Read: South China Morning Post

25 May 2022

Why the British state is a magic money tree

Government spending power is limited not by tax revenues or borrowing, but by the productive capacity of the UK economy and political will, according to Associate Professor in Economics and Finance Dr Josh Ryan-Collins

Read: The New Statesman

20 May 2022

Forget greenflation, central banks need to tackle fossilflation

Rate hikes will hit already financially constrained households and businesses, and exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis, according to IIPP Policy Fellow Katie Kedward

Read: Green Central Banking

19 May 2022

The Gender Pay Gap Is Wider Than You Thought 

Making women's unpaid care work count toward an economy for health 

Read: Think Global Health

11 May 2022

Global health should not be determined by pharma investors and shareholders

Professor Els Toreele explores what could go wrong when pharmaceutical company shareholders and investors shape the public health response to Covid-19. 

Read: Stat News

3 May 2022

How to Design a Pandemic Preparedness and Response Fund

With over two-thirds of the African continent still unvaccinated against COVID-19, it is clear that the global pandemic preparedness and response (PPR) regime remains seriously underfunded and lacking in resilient, effective delivery systems.

Read: Project Syndicate

20 April 2022

In the end, if you want to democratise the economy, you will need the state

Francesca Bria, president of the Italian National Innovation Fund, on the politics of cryptocurrencies, decentralisation, blockchain and the state.

Read: The New Statesman

1 April 2022

UCL Academic To Co-Chair Global Commission On The Economics Of Water

Prof Mazzucato to co-chair the newly launched Global Commission on the Economics of Water

Read: India Education Diary 

31 March 2022

Minister’s statement on Inclusive and Sustainable British Columbia report

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation praises the report released by Professor Mariana Mazzucato on the StrongerBC Economic Plan titled 'Inclusive and Sustainable British Columbia: a mission-oriented approach to a renewed economy'.

Read: British Columbia

31 March 2022

The Context with Christian Fraser

Dr Josh Ryan-Collins on BBC world on the threat of interest rate rises for the market 

Watch: The Context (from 48:42 - 55:01)

31 March 2022

The stakes are high – America must take radical action now to guarantee equal voting rights for all

In this Q&A the Reverend Professor Keith Magee looks at how voting rights in the US became so vulnerable, and how a new 28th Amendment to the US Constitution establishing every American’s right to vote in free, fair, and transparent elections would protect these rights. 

Read: LSE Blogs

22 March 2022

What If Our Economy Valued What Matters?

In an economy that treats gross domestic product as the ultimate end, people and the planet are mere means, and much of the work that sustains society is ignored entirely. This status quo is not only pathological, unsustainable, and bad for our health; it is also entirely unnecessary.

Read: Project Syndicate

8 March 2022

The Biscay Model: innovation in taxation could advance the SDGs. An expert explains

Tax systems are a powerful tool to help finance advancement of the SDGs by mobilizing resources, redistributing wealth, and promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Read: World Economic Forum

4 March 2022

The inclusive entrepreneurial state: collective wealth creation and distribution

How should the wealth that an economy generates be distributed?

Read: The IFS Deaton Review

3 March 2022

Can Democrats See What's Coming? 

Ezra Klein discusses the recent political landscape of the United States

Read: The New York Times

19 February 2022

Tokenization is the latest manifestation of what we can call super-financialization

'Of all the promises made in the name of Web3, two stand out as particularly radical and beneficial to democracy.'

Read: Shifter

18 February 2022

The anatomy of technology regulation

'The 2020s will undoubtedly be characterised by new technology regulation. But while today’s technologies are global, the rules governing their development and use are not.'

Read: The Jordan Times

10 February 2022

Mariana Mazzucato: governments must collaborate with private sector

The state should lead market innovations to address humanity's biggest problems, a renowned economist says.

Read: Radio New Zealand

2 February 2022

Big Tech Must Stop Hiding

A major reason why Big Tech firms have achieved such scale and become the gatekeepers to entire markets is that they have been able to obscure most of their financial and operating data, according to Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Ilan Strauss

Read: Project Syndicate

31 January 2022

BBC Hardtalk

Stephen Sackur speaks to the economist Mariana Mazzucato. Does her moonshot economics ignore some earthly realities?

Watch: BBC Hardtalk

27 January 2022

The stinginess of WHO members puts health at risk

Faced with a present dominated by the challenge of defeating the pandemic, it is necessary to increase contributions to the international organization that is best prepared to combat health threats, according to Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Ilona Kickbusch

Read: El Pais

11 January 2022

Rethinking technology policy and governance for the 21st Century

Today’s major technology firms wield huge social and political influence across the world to the point that their actions, and the content they host, is often seen as a direct challenge to national sovereignty and the norms and power structures that support states.

Read: Brookings

11 January 2022

Big Pharma must make profits, but not mega-profits

According to Professor Mariana Mazzucato, the policies in place work more at the service of Big Pharma which wants to maximize profits when they should be at the service of the populations.

Read: LeTemps

10 January 2022

Mariana Mazzucato on rethinking the state to improve partnerships

Current social movements and the willingness from businesses and governments to act can create a road ahead to address key issues facing the world.

Read: World Economic Forum

6 January 2022