UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose



UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is working closely with policy-makers and business partners from around the world to explore public value driven innovation.

Mission Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN)


The Mission-Oriented Innovation Network brings together leading global policy-making institutions, to share the challenges and opportunities they face when trying to actively create and shape markets, not only fix them. Key to this activity is understanding how to create, nurture and measure public value. The network is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and and forms a key policy engagement platform for EU Horizon2020 project on Growth Welfare Innovation Productivity (Growinpro).

Baillie Gifford

Mariana Mazzucato and Tom Coutts
Leading investment management company Baillie Gifford donated £1 million to IIPP to support our core work including the Master in Public Administration (MPA) in Innovation, Public Purpose and Public Value which focuses on building capacity to innovate in public purpose-driven organisations and IIPP's annual public lecture series. Thomas Coutts, partner at Ballie Gifford, said
"We are interested in rethinking capitalism and challenging mainstream economic belief—whose support owes more unquestioning faith than rigorous thought. We are delighted to support IIPP's work."

British Library

IIPP launched a lecture series in April 2018 on Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose at the British Library. The series was kicked off by IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato and British Library CEO Roly Keating, followed by speakers including leading architects and planners (Richard Rogers, Amande Levete, Lucy Musgrave, Dan Hill, Finn Williams), digital strategists and designers (Jeremy Till, Mike Bracken), artists and designers (Brian Eno, Jeremy Till,) economists and social scientists (Jayati Ghosh, Dan Sarewitz, Rainer Kattel).

We hosted another series in 2019 on Innovation and the Welfare State, which included guests: Carlota Perez, Kate Raworth, Hilary Cottam, Tom Loosemore, Lord Victor Adebowale, Madeleine Gabriel, Evgeny Morozov, Isabella de Michelis, Francesca Bria, Jaideep Gupte, Ian Hogarth and Carol Sinclair. 



Climate-KIC is one of the most high-profile voices in identifying and developing innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change.

IIPP and Climate-KIC work together on projects based on ground-breaking, high-impact work on mission-oriented innovation, re-interpreting public value, and re-directing economies towards sustainable & inclusive green economic growth.


Mariana Mazzucato and Angel Gurria OECD IIPP MOU
OECD and IIPP signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2019 to work closely to develop dynamic capabilities for mission-oriented public institutions and creating new policy toolkits that deliver public value. Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General, said, 
"Joining the forces of the OECD and IIPP can create real synergies and help governments take the next step. Together, we can create tools and methods for policymakers that deliver a more inclusive and sustainable public value."