NERI Annual Lecture to be given by Mariana Mazzucato

8 May 2015

The NERI are delighted to announce that Professor Mariana Mazzucato will give this year's Donal Nevin lecture. Professor Mazzucato's research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation and economic growth. Her work challenges the image of a lethargic state versus the dynamic business sector and shows how the state was behind the investments that led to major technological change in the past fifty years; from aviation and space to information technology, electronics and the internet. She argues placing innovation at the heart of economic policy requires a highly-skilled public sector that provides a clear vision and long-term finance, while working with business to create new avenues for growth.


Event Details

  • Title: Annual Donal Nevin Lecture
  • Speaker: Professor Mariana Mazzucato, University of Sussex
  • Date: 8 May 2015
  • Time: 15:45 - 17:30, followed by a wine reception. 
  • Venue:   Royal Irish Academy , 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


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Short Biography

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Her recent book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking private vs. public sector myths (Anthem, 2013) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It 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. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation'.  She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation; and a permanent member of the European Commission’s expert group on Innovation for Growth (RISE). 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 3 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 research outputs, media engagement, and talks (including her TED Global talk), can be found on her website.





Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

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