Ville Takala is an Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).
Ville's research explores the digital future of the state, particularly as it relates to the affordances of new digital data sources. In addition, his research investigates novel policy instruments, such as challenge prizes, and their capacity to drive mission-oriented innovation.
Ville’s PhD, which he completed at the department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, focusses on questions surrounding the ownership of data within the context of the Nordic Welfare State. Ville’s broader aim is to identify novel ways to utilise the digital data (that now increasingly accumulates in the private sector) for the advancement of public-, rather than simply private, value.
- Academic working papers
- Kattel, R. and Takala, V. (2021). Dynamic capabilities in the public sector: The case of the UK’s Government Digital Service. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Working Paper Series (IIPP WP 2021/01). Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/wp2021-01
- Takala, V., Nordbäck, E. and Toivonen, T. (2020). The entrepreneurial (welfare) state? Tackling social issues through challenge prizes. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Working Paper Series (IIPP WP 2020-02). Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/wp2020-02
- What would an entrepreneurial welfare state look like? by Ville Takala and Kalle Nieminen
- What are the alternatives to either big corporations or big states owning our data? by Ville Takala
- Can prizes enact genuine social change? by Ville Takala, Kalle Nieminen, Tuukka Toivonen and Riina Pulkkinen
- Policy reports
- Toivonen, T., Nordbäck, E. & Takala, V. (2021). The Impact of Challenge Prize “Ratkaisu 100” Three Years On. Sitra Studies 179.
- Toivonen, T., Nordbäck, E. & Takala, V. (2018). Sparking Social Innovation: Evidence on Teams, Ideas and Incubation from Finland. Sitra Studies 133.