Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is the 2019 Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She 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). IIPP is dedicated to rethinking the role of public policy in shaping both the rate of economic growth and its direction—and training the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented societal goals.
She is also the winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, 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 (2013) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It investigates the role of public organisations in playing the ‘investor of first resort’ role in the history of technological change—and the danger of ignoring this in economic theory and policy. She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (2016). Her new 2018 book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018), looks at the need to reward value creation over value extraction, and 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.
She publishes in a wide array of academic journals and her current research is funded by international grants including from the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.