UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Charles Leadbeater joins IIPP as Visiting Professor

6 August 2018

Charles Leadbeater, author of Living on Thin Air and We Think, has been appointed Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater works internationally as an adviser on innovation strategy to companies, cities and governments. After leaving the Financial Times, where he was Industrial Editor, he became an independent writer, policy adviser and social innovator.

He drafted the 1998 government White Paper: Building the Knowledge Driven Economy. His publications include The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur, Living on Thin Air and We Think: from mass production to mass innovation.

Charles is a member of the UCL Commission for Mission Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS), which aims to solve grand challenges in innovation and industrial strategy with a mission-oriented framework.

Charles said: "I am delighted to be joining the IIPP to bring my experience, not just as a policy-adviser within government but also as a contributor to a wide range of social, civic and commercial innovation programmes. I am excited to be working alongside Mariana Mazzucato and her team as they explore how innovation can be orchestrated to achieve important public goals. My work will focus in particular on the role of social movements in making markets, changing norms, reforming systems and as a force for mission-driven innovation."

Read Charles' first working paper for IIPP: Movements with missions make markets

An abridged extract from the working paper is available to read on our blog.