UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose



IIPP research addresses how public value is imagined, practiced and evaluated to tackle societal challenges to achieve sustainable, inclusive and innovation-led growth.

Research themes

Through our research we aim to create new economic thinking and practical tools for understanding both the rate and direction of economic growth. We tackle the relationships between economic, technological and social changes, across four cross-cutting themes: 

Rethinking Value:
Challenging existing theories of value to create a new framework to understand how value can be created and shared.

Shaping Innovation:
Steering scientific and technological advances to tackle societal challenges.

Transforming Institutions:
Creating public purpose-driven institutions. 

Directing Finance: 
Developing patient, strategic finance mechanisms for sustainable, investment-led growth. 

We apply these four themes to tackle path-breaking issues in the following areas:


Join the movement. If you are interested in supporting us by funding our work please contact Emily Bowen. 

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