UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rethinking Capitalism module: UK policymaker places available

9 November 2022

IIPP is again making up to 15 places available for policymakers based in the UK to attend a 10-week Rethinking Capitalism course running from January-March 2023. The course will be run on an in-person only basis and involve a weekly lecture and seminar.

Anti-capitalist protesters with banners

The course will provide attendees with a critical perspective on the ‘grand challenges’ facing modern economies, including climate change and ecological crises, falling productivity, investment and living standards, widening inequality, and financial instability.
The course combines academic lectures from some of the world’s leading new economic thinkers with policy lectures from leading policy makers and influencers. Lecturers include Stephanie Kelton, Eric Beinhocker, Jayati Ghosh and Francesca Bria, along with IIPP staff Mariana Mazzucato, Rainer Kattel and Josh Ryan-Collins.  
The module will help students develop their critical thinking and make the connections between economic theory and real-world policy issues. It will provide an introduction to a range of different economics perspectives, including Neoclassical, post-Keynesian, ecological, evolutionary and institutional economics theories and how their different assumptions link to different public policies.  
The course is suitable for policymakers from a wide range of backgrounds (including think tanks or NGOs as well as civil servants) but you should be actively working on economic or public policy issues. Having some academic background in economics or a related social science would be an advantage. Students are expected to attend in-person a two-hour weekly lecture and a one-hour seminar (details below). There will be no online option. Students will not be examined.

Key information
Term dates: 10-week course, 9 January - 24 March 2023 (reading week 14-18th February) 

  • Lectures: Tuesday, 4-6pm at UCL, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
  • Seminars: Wednesday, 12pm-1pm & 1pm-2pm (location on UCL campus TBC).

Fees: £1100 
Closing date: Friday 2nd December 2022
To apply, please send a two-page max CV and a one-paragraph expression of interest to Dr. Josh Ryan-Collins (j.ryan-collins@ucl.ac.uk).