UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Ville Takala

Ville Takala is an Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Ville Takala
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.

Selected publications

Academic working papers
Policy reports


Email: v.takala@ucl.ac.uk