Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the prestigious RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Previously she has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University. Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth – at the company, industry and national level. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large three-year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV); her current project on Financing Innovation is funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); and her project on Finance and Mission Oriented Investments is funded by the Ford Foundation’s Reforming Global Financial Governance initiative.
Her new book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Private vs. Public Sector Myths (Anthem, 2013) – on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times, Forbes and The Huffington Post – focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth – and how to enable rewards from innovation to be just as “social” as the risks taken. In 2013 the New Republic called her one of the “three most important thinkers about innovation.” She advises the UK government and the EC on innovation-led growth. Her research outputs, media engagement, and talks (including her TED Global talk), can be found on her website.