1/27/22 · Institutional

Economist Mariana Mazzucato soon to receive an honorary doctorate from the UOC

The ceremony can be watched live or followed on social media with the hashtag #honoriscausaUOC
Mazzucato is considered one of the world's most influential economists. (© Mariana Mazzucato)

Mazzucato is considered one of the world's most influential economists. (© Mariana Mazzucato)

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 will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the UOC at Barcelona's Saló de Cent at 6 p.m. on Thursday 3 February. The ceremony, which can be watched live or followed on social media with the hashtag #honoriscausaUOC, will be attended by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.

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).

Mazzucato believes problems of the future can be solved through innovation

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include:

  • Chair of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health for All
  • Member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors
  • Member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council
  • Member of the OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative
  • Member of the UN High Level Advisory Board for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Member of Argentina’s Economic and Social Council 
  • Member of Vinnova’s Advisory Panel in Sweden
  • Member of Norway’s Norway’s Research Council.
  • As Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2017-2019), she authored the high impact report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union, turning “missions” into a crucial new instrument in the European Commission’s Horizon innovation programme.

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