UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Applied Learning

Learn more about the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) Applied Learning programme.

Applied Learning

Programme Overview

Public sector organisations play a pivotal role in global economies and political systems. IIPP is changing how public value is imagined, practised and evaluated to tackle societal challenges. Designed specifically for senior leaders and government representatives, our Applied Learning modules are created to equip you with skills and insights to build innovative, inclusive and sustainable organisations.

We work with a number of organisations to build tailored applied learning programmes created to impart the cutting edge of our research and thinking to practitioners across the world, based on our core areas of focus:

  • public value and public purpose
  • grand challenges and systems change
  • transformation by design
  • creative bureaucracies
  • digital transformation in government

At IIPP, we believe the best way to accelerate successful theory-building is hand-in-hand with practical, applied learning. With us, technological leaders, policy practitioners and academics work together to build the foundations and practical tools for systems transformation and policy innovation, focused on delivering an overarching Mission framework which transcends, and works across, not only policy areas but sectors, boundaries and silos.
We take a framework into praxis approach to capacity building and applied learning programmes, and a key component of this is the innovation cycle of discovery into programme development and shaping, evaluating how to shape the content for knowledge acquisition, and identifying, framing and testing the best tools and approaches to learning modules. Together with the application of our open innovation principles in public value creation, this allows the evolution of translating IIPP frameworks into practice together with leaders and senior practitioners around the world. 

Take a look at our Master’s programme modules, many of which are open for policymakers and practitioners to join each term.

To explore the possibility of an applied learning programme with us, please contact Bridget Gildea Programme Development Consultant at IIPP: b.gildea@ucl.ac.uk 

Bridget Gildea

Bridget Gildea, Programme Development Consultant at IIPP

Bridget works at the nexus between innovation, behavioural science and public policy, including applying behavioural science approaches to learning programmes creation and knowledge acquisition, thinking about the future of work and social justice, and creating international higher education partnerships. With IIPP, she works with organisations with a keen interest to build capacity through applied learning programmes to craft impactful learning opportunities.

Previously as Director of Programme Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education, she founded policy executive education programmes, including the world’s first practitioner behavioural science programme and HKS's Digital Transformation in Government programme, together with Professor David Eaves. She also built programmes with the MacArthur Foundation BI and corruption control in Nigeria; with the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin for a programme at Harvard for Members of the German Bundestag, on Digital Transformation for the InterAmerican Development Bank, and a 5-year partnership with the National School of Government in Brazil. So far, she’s created over 400 applied learning programmes For Good.

Applied Learning Faculty

Our Applied Learning programme is designed through close collaboration between senior academics, researchers and PhD candidates as well as practitioners from public sector organisations such as the United Nations, City Councils, Bank of England and government advisors. Through this, our programmes provide a balanced level of academic depth as well as practical insight and relevance.

Mariana Mazzucato

Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health for All and a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors. 

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Rainer Kattel

Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance

Rainer Kattel is Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). Professor Kattel has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission. 

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Josh Ryan-Collins

Josh Ryan-Collins
Associate Professor in Economics and Finance
Josh is an economist with a research focus on macroeconomic policy, housing and land and sustainable finance. His has a particular interest in credit and land, two concepts that have been neglected in conventional economics but which, because of their unique properties, play a vital role in shaping the trajectory of capitalist economies.  


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Kate Roll

Kate Roll
Associate Professor in Innovation, Development and Purpose and Head of Teaching

Dr Kate Roll is a political scientist interested in vulnerability, with a particular focus on the factors that enable people to gain greater social, political and economic security. Committed to grounded research, she has conducted in-depth field research in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya. Dr Roll holds a DPhil in Politics (2015) and an MPhil in International Development Studies (2011; distinction) from the University of Oxford.

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David Eaves

David Eaves
Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations and Associate Professor in Digital Governance

Previously a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches and writes on digital era public administration, digital transformation and the governance of digital public infrastructure, David has also co-founded Teaching Public Service in a Digital Age, which has sought to bring together faculty from around the world to co-design and share an open licensed curriculum to teach the minimum needed digital competences for future public leaders. 

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 Alumni network and testimonials 

'I really valued the opportunity to exchange thoughts and perspectives with top educators and colleagues from across the globe. Lectures were well structured and challenging. I highly recommend this programme to anyone who would like to gain new impulses and reflect on their own practice.'

Elitsa Panayotova, Coordinator - Sofia Green

This partnership for training and development unfolds in the context of people-to-people exchanges with leading institutions in the global South and the global North. The blended virtual programme will advance participants’ understanding of the role of the state in driving inclusive and sustainable growth; critically apprising global models of development and governance and taking pragmatic action to addressing core challenges of governance and government reforms.“

Busani Ngcaweni, Principal of the NSG - Executive Education Programme for South Africa's Government Officials 

Upon successful completion of any module studied as part of our Applied Learning portfolio, you are invited to join the UCL IIPP International Applied Learning Alumni Network


Bridget Gildea
Programme Development Consultant