Mariana Mazzucato

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Full name:Mariana Mazzucato
Area of interest:Economy and Employment
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About: My speciality is in industrial economics and the economics of growth and this is the focus of my work as R.M.Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex (SPRU), Visiting Professor in Economics of Innovation at the Open University (UK), as Economics Director of the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research of Innovation in Genomics (Innogen); and as Scientific Coordinator of a 3 year EC FP7 project on Finance, Innovation and Growth (FINNOV, 2009-2012).

Mariana Mazzucato received her BA from Tufts University in History and International Relations, and a Phd in Economics at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in NY.

Career: Professor in Economics at the University of Sussex, where she holds the RM Phillips Chair in Science and Technology Policy (in SPRU). Prior to joining Sussex University, she was at the Open University as Professor in the Economics of Innovation, and previous to that at the London Business School and the University of Denver. She is the Coordinator of a large EC FP7 research project on Finance Innovation and Growth (www.finnov– and is the Economics Director of the ESRC Innogen Centre ( Her current research work is funded also by the Ford Foundation and by the Institute for New Economic Thinking. She is an active policy advisor in the areas of innovation and industrial policy, both in the UK and abroad, and is a member of the two EC expert groups in the European Commission, on Innovation for Growth (i4g) and on Public Sector Innovation. Her research focusses on the theoretical and empirical relationship between innovation, growth, and finance. Her influential work on ‘The Entrepreneurial State’ argues that in innovation the State has not just fixed market failures but actively created the vision, and invested in the most risky and uncertain areas. She is active in the media where she has argued that what Europe needs today is not austerity but strategic investments, which will create a dynamic 'Innovation Union'. More information on her projects, media involvement, and publications can be found on

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Other activities: Demos associate.



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Latest work: The Entrepreneurial State (2007)OCLC 841672270

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