UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Professor Geoff Mulgan receives Knighthood in Queen’s Birthday Honours

12 October 2020

Professor Geoff Mulgan, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation in UCL STEaPP, has been awarded a Knighthood for services to the Creative Economy in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Geoff Mulgan

Sir Geoff, who is one of the world’s leading experts in social innovation, joined UCL STEaPP in February 2020 to build a research programme on the emerging field of collective intelligence. Collective intelligence examines how human and machine capabilities can work together to allow organisations and societies to think at large scale.

Professor Sir Geoff Mulgan said: "I’ve been lucky enough to work across quite a few domains – from the creative economy to public policy, social innovation to technology – which are reflected both in this honour and in my role at UCL. At UCL/STEaPP I’m now working with fantastic colleagues to advance how we both understand and act on some of our most pressing complex problems. Watch this space!"

Prior to joining STEaPP, Sir Geoff was Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) from 2011 to the end of 2019. He managed Nesta's transformation from a quango into an independent charity, and greatly expanded its work across the UK and globally. Under his leadership it contributed to growing many fields, including social investment and crowdfunding, computing in the curriculum and new models of volunteering in health, and uses of evidence in public policy and innovative approaches to regulation.

He has also helped set up many organisations, including Demos, the Young Foundation, Uprising, Action for Happiness, the Social Innovation Exchange, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and Nesta Italia, and is the author of many books, including most recently 'Social Innovation: how societies find the power to change' (Policy Press, 2019) and 'Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world' (Princeton University Press, 2017). He is currently a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow.