UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rethinking Capitalism

IIPP is making available up to 15 places for policymakers on its groundbreaking Rethinking Capitalism module, running 8 January – 22 March 2024.


Capitalism x

The in-person only 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. It combines academic lectures from some of the world’s leading new economic thinkers with policy lectures from leading policy makers and influencers, such as Ha Joon ChangKate RaworthJayati Ghosh and Francesca Bria, and IIPP staff Mariana MazzucatoCecilia Rikap and Josh Ryan-Collins, who is the course convenor. Small group seminars will bring together participating policymakers to explore the course's subject matter in the light of your experiences across national and international contexts.
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. Policy makers will not be assessed but will receive a certificate of attainment upon completion of the course.

Key details

Term dates

10-week course, 8 January - 22 March 2024 (reading week with no teaching 12 February)


Lectures: Weekly in-person lectures at UCL central London campus, 2 hours long, Thursday 14-16h.
Seminars: Weekly in-person seminars will be 60-90 minutes long on Fridays. Seminars will be scheduled according to group size and availability.



Closing date

5th December 2023