Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at UCL where she directs the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). Her work is focused on the economics of innovation; the role of the State in modern capitalism; finance and economic growth; and how to steer innovation in ‘mission oriented’ ways directed at the sustainable development goals. This work includes looking at intra-organisational features of both public and private organisations, asking what sorts of governance structures and public-private interactions will create the most symbiotic and dynamic eco-systems of innovation.
Her current work is funded by different international grants from the European Commission, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Ford Foundation. She works actively with policy-makers around the world on mission-oriented innovation policy, including setting up a Mission-Oriented Innovation Network. She is also advising NASA, the European Space Agency, Innovation UK, and the Scottish government.