IIPP is proud to host a commission to solve grand challenges in innovation and industrial strategy with a mission-oriented framework.
The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is delighted to be hosting this Commission for Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS), particularly in the context of UCL’s own Grand Challenges approach to promoting cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches to solving aspects of global problems.
MOIIS is co-chaired by Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Lord David Willetts. The commission is made up of key UCL academics and world-leading industry experts from cross-disciplinary institutions. For more information on the commissioners see our page of MOIIS commission members.
The Commission is supported by UCL Public Policy. UCL Public Policy supports academic policy engagement, providing opportunities for UCL to engage with policy-makers and enhancing the policy impact of UCL research.
The UK Industrial Strategy sets out four clear and ambitious Grand Challenges to drive innovation and investment:
AI & Data Economy
We will put the UK at the forefront of the artifical intelligence and data revolution
We will maximise the advantages for the UK industry from the global shift to clean growth
Future of Mobility
We will become a world leader in the way people, goods and services move
We will harness the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society
The purpose of the commission is to consider how to transform these ‘grand challenges’ into concrete ‘missions’. Indeed, the Commission’s contribution to the UK government’s industrial strategy is clearly cited on the webpage of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Missions offer a way of framing challenges, such as those addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), into solvable problems that have concrete long-term targets and which require cross-sectoral collaborations, as well as partnerships between public, private and voluntary sector actors.
- They are bold and address societal value
- They have concrete targets: you know when you get there!
- They involve research and innovation
- They are cross-sectoral, cross-actor, and cross-disciplinary
- They have multiple competing solutions
The MOIIS commission have been mapping out possible missions for each of the grand challenges outlined in the UK Industrial Strategy, asking how the process towards solving the missions be designed to allow bottom-up experimentation, working directly with government on how missions should be framed to satify these criteria, and how missions can deliver public value.
On 21st May 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May cited the commission's work on bringing a mission-oriented framework to the UK Industrial Strategy, in a speech at Jodrell Bank. She said:
The MOIIS commission were highly influential in developing the second mission to be announced in the Clean Growth grand challenge to "establish the world's first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040". The commission continues to work closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on how the government can deliver policies to solve the grand challenges of clean growth, healthy ageing, the future of mobility and AI & data.
Key working papers related to the concept of missions, industrial strategy, and investment led growth, are:
Author: Charles Leadbeater
Authors: Rainer Kattel, Mariana Mazzucato, Josh Ryan-Collins, Simon Sharpe
Authors: Rainer Kattel and Mariana Mazzucato
Authors: Mariana Mazzucato and Laurie Macfarlane
Author: Mariana Mazzucato
IIPP has also hosted the following relevant workshops and events alongside the MOIIS commission:
- MOIIS Commission meeting with BEIS Secretary of State Greg Clark MP, 6th March 2018, Department for BEIS
- Patient Capital and Industrial Strategy Workshop, 13th June 2018, House of Lords with speeches by Chi Onwurah MP, Vince Cable MP, Lord David Willetts
- BEIS and Treasury Workshop on mission-oriented policy evaluation, 20th June 2018, Department for BEIS
For more information on MOIIS, please contact:
Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 6578 (Internal: 56578)