UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Past events

IIPP hosts regular public lectures and panel discussions featuring experts from around the world.

Lecture series

Innovation and Welfare State
British Library lecture series 2019

Innovation and the Welfare State

British Library 2018
British Library lecture series 2018

Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose in 21st Century Capitalism



Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey speaks on inequality; how it constricts our economy and what we can do about it


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

A talk from Shoshana Zuboff, followed by a panel discussion with Carole Cadwalladr, Paul Hilder and Shahmir Sanni 

Branko Milanovic lecture

Branko Milanović

Recent trends in global income distribution and their political implications

A Mission-Oriented UK Industrial Strategy report launch

MOIIS report launch

Launch of the UCL Commission on Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS) chaired by Mariana Mazzucato and Lord David Willetts


Erik Reinert

After globalisation: Resurrecting the economic ideas that produced the welfare state

Jonathan Breckon, Josh Ryan-Collins, Geoff Mulgan and Mariana Mazzucato at Rethinking Public Value


Nesta and IIPP launch papers that explore and rethink public value in the 21st century

Sparking Social Innovation through Crowdsourcing and Prizes: Does Finland Lead the Way?


Sparking social innovation through crowdsourcing and prizes: Does Finland lead the way?

Why Can't You Afford a Home?

Josh Ryan-Collins

The launch of Josh Ryan-Collins' latest book 'Why can't you afford a home?'


The people's prescription launch

Launch of report from IIPP along with STOPAIDS, Global Justice Now and Just Treatment

Fred Block: Capitalism: The future of an illusion, book cover

Fred Block

Fred L. Block gives a lecture on his new book 'Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion'

Doing Capitalism and The Entrepreneurial State

Mariana Mazzucato and Bill Janeway

Launch of the new editions of 'Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy' and 'The Entrepreneurial State'

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

Josh Ryan-Collins and Laurie MacFarlane

Discussing Josh Ryan-Collins and Laurie MacFarlane's book 'Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing'

“Allegory of Good Government” fresco by Lorenzetti. Image: © Public domain

The Public Economy, Public Goods and Public Value

Exploring the difference between the public economy and the market model and why those differences matter