UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Professor Rainer Kattel appointed Deputy Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

23 October 2017

He will lead research on innovation and digital transformation in government and in the wider context of public sector innovation.

Rainer Kattel

Rainer Kattel joined IIPP as Professor of Innovation and Public Governance during its start-up phase. He is also a research professor at Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He has led the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Estonia, for 10 years, building it into one of the leading innovation and governance schools in the region.

Rainer Kattel said: “IIPP is an amazing opportunity to challenge mainstream thinking in both economics and public governance. Its great strength is that it targets both visionary innovation policy but also practical issues of how to make innovation work better for ordinary citizens.”

IIPP's Director Mariana Mazzucato said: "Rainer Kattel is a leading thinker on digital transformation in the public sector and his experience in leading the Ragnar Nurkse School will enable him to make a huge contribution to establishing IIPP."

Rainer has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues and his research interests also include public sector innovation, predictive governance and financialization.

In 2013, he received Estonia's National Science Award for his work on innovation policy. He also has served on public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation and worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission.

Read Rainer's profile.