In Conversation with the 'World's Scariest Economist'

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On public purpose: Roly Keating in conversation with Mariana Mazzucato, the ‘world’s scariest economist’

Part of the lecture series between between UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and the British Library on Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose in 21st Century Capitalism.

On the first night of the Rethinking Public Value series, Mariana Mazzucato, styled by The Times as the ‘world’s scariest economist’ will be joined by Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, to explore the provocative issues that the series aims to address. Roly will draw on his extensive background steering national institutions in the pursuit of public purpose and value, with the British Library, the BBC, and beyond. 

This event has taken place, but you can watch a film of it below.

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she founded and directs the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and recently published the 'Mazzucato Missions Report' for the European Commission on how to redirect the European Commission’s innovation funding towards societal challenges and missions..

Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2018 won the Leontief Prize for the Advancement of Economic Thought. The New Republic has named her 'one of the three most important thinkers about innovation' in the New Republic. She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and her new book The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy will be published by Penguin (Allen Lane) in 2018.

She is founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) whose programme of teaching, research and policy engagement is dedicated to rethinking ways in which public value can be created, nurtured and evaluated.

Roly Keating has been Chief Executive of the British Library since 2012. In 2015, he oversaw the creation of Living Knowledge, a fundamental vision for the Library’s public purpose in a rapidly changing world. He leads the Library’s response to the challenges of maintaining a national research collection in a digital age, of driving knowledge creation and innovation in a dynamic economy, and of creating inspirational and enjoyable cultural and learning experiences for all.

Roly joined the Library after a long and successful career at the BBC as a programme-maker and broadcasting executive, notably as Controller of BBC Two and BBC 4 and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC's online services including BBC iPlayer.

Roly is a member of the board of Channel 4 and a trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme. He chairs the Knowledge Quarter Board and the Conference of European National Librarians. 

In association with the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Name: In Conversation with the 'World's Scariest Economist'
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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