UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


ISR Director joins UCL mission group on innovation and industrial strategy

UCL ISR Director Paul Ekins joins UCL mission group on innovation and industrial strategy, alongside 20 other high profile academics and industry figures.


7 March 2018

ISR Director Professor Paul Ekins has joined the UCL Commission for Mission Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS), a new group dedicated to considering how best to transform the UK Industrial Strategy's Grand Challenges into concrete missions.

Joining around 20 other high profile actors in the field, Professor Ekins will be working on transforming the challenges outlined in Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future, part of the wider UKs Industrial Strategy. 

Professor Paul Ekins, UCL ISR Director, said:

It was good to see Greg Clark, the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, at the first meeting of MOIIS, expressing his support for the initiative. If the Industrial Strategy is to achieve its goals, it will need to adopt specific missions to address some of the UK’s deep-rooted economic, social and environmental challenges, and I am very pleased to be part of a process that seeks to do just that. 

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose are hosting the Commission with the goal of turning the strategy's challenges, such as those addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals, into solvable more manageable problems that have concrete long-term targets.

This will require cross sectoral collaborations, demonstrated in the wide variety of members dedicated to making this commission a success, as well as partnerships between public, private and voluntary sector actors. Experts such as Professor Ekins will be influential in the success of this commission applying the new approach of focusing problems and on stimulating the collaborations and bottom up experimentation rather than sectors.

For further details, see the UCL IIPP press release.