Mariana Mazzucato: Problems of the future can be solved through innovation

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Mariana Mazzucato is one of the world’s most influential economists, advising political leaders around the world on sustainable and inclusive innovation-led growth. In recognition of an academic and professional career that has made her a leading figure in economics, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UOC Universitat Oberta de Barcelona. The ceremony was attended by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.

When & Where? Thursday, 3 February, 6 p.m CET. Saló de Cent, Barcelona City Hall

How to Watch? This session, organized by the UOC, was streamed live also at Tomorrow.City. You can watch it on-demand here 👇

Who is Mariana Mazzucato?

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She received her BA from Tufts University and her MA and PhD in Economics from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. Her previous posts include the RM Phillips Professorial Chair at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University. She is a selected fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and of the Italian National Science Academy (Lincei).

She is winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, 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, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.

She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013), The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) and the newly released, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (2021).

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