UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Innovation for Public and Private Purpose

20 March 2019, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

river, pylons and turbines

Join UCL ISR to explore the relative roles of the public and private sectors in generating the pace and direction of low-carbon, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable innovation that is now crucial to meet our climate and other public policy goals.

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Lecture Theatre 225
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place


Mariana Mazzucato

Director, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).     

She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic and is on The Bloomberg 50 list of ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019.

Her highly acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. Her new book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy was published in April 2018 the UK (Penguin) and was launched in the USA in September 2018 (Public Affairs). It was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, the UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland and Norway’s Research Council.  She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and has recently authored a high impact EC report Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union.  

John Elkington

Found & Cheif Pollinator of Volans
John Elkington is a pioneer of the global sustainability movement, co-founding Environmental Data Services in 1978 and SustainAbility in 1987.

An author of 19 books, his million-selling book The Green Consumer Guide (1988) brought mass attention to the environmental impacts of everyday products and brands. John’s Cannibals with Forks in 1997 popularised his ‘Triple Bottom Line’ concept (People, Planet, Profit) and laid the foundations for sustainable business strategy.

John co-founded Volans to span the yawning divides between what the sustainability industry was doing and what needs to be done. As the company enters its second decade, John is on a mission to “10X” Volans’ impact.