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CPD brings Professor Mariana Mazzucato to Australia | December 2018

Professor Mariana Mazzucato, one of the world’s most influential and forward-thinking economists, visited Australia as CPD’s guest in December 2018. We were delighted to bring Mariana’s expertise, insights and ideas to Australia for the first time. As part of her visit, Professor Mazzucato delivered CPD’s second annual John Menadue Oration on 11 December at Carriageworks in Sydney.

Professor Mazzucato’s visit came at a unique and important moment in Australian politics and policy. The Thodey Review of the Australian Public Service and the Banking Royal Commission are considering new ways to make our public and private sectors fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. Revolving-door leadership in Canberra and a worrying decline in Australians’ faith in their system of government to deliver means that big ideas for rebuilding effective and trusted government, public policy and business are more important than ever. Catch up on Mariana Mazzucato’s tour through Sydney and Melbourne here:

Coverage and related media

UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)

Australia is uniquely up to the task of solving ‘wicked’ problems around inequality, Mariana Mazzucato, The Guardian, 14 December 2018

Are we overlooking the role of the public sector in the economy, Interview with Laura Tingle for ABC 730 program, 10 December 2018

On a mission: saving democracy, Travers McLeod, Sam Hurley and Allison Orr, Inside Story, 6 December 2018

When banks disappoint, let the state step up: contrarian economist Mariana Mazzucato, Hans van Leeuwen, Australian Financial Review, 7 December 2018

Mariana Mazzucato discusses how to improve our economy, Geraldine Doogue, ABC’s Saturday Extra, 8 December 2018

Innovate before it is too late, warns economist Mariana Mazzucato, Company Director Magazine, 1 December 2018

Innovative success from sharing risks and rewards amongst public and private research, Robyn Williams, ABC Science Show, 2 February 2019

Private-public sector co-operation can tackle major challenges, Jim Chalmers, Canberra Times, 8 January 2019

Mazzucato on public research, InnovationAus, 27 November 2018

Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation in the European Union, Mariana Mazzucato, February 2018

The Value of Everything, Mariana Mazzucato, 2018

The Entrepreneurial State, Mariana Mazzucato, 2013

Background on Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana is the author of a trio of best-selling books that call for a more dynamic public sector and a better understanding of what truly creates value in our economies – and what destroys it. Her work makes a powerful case that governments have stepped back from their critical role driving technological innovation and targeting a direction, as well as a rate, for economic growth. It also highlights the dangers of conflating value-creating activities with value-extraction – especially in a financial sector that focuses on maximising near-term returns for shareholders at the expense of long-term social value.

Mariana is the founder and director of the University College of London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, which aims to train and inspire the next generation of global leaders to tackle mission-oriented societal goals around issues like climate change and inequality. She’s also an expert advisor to policymakers, governments and institutions around the world. You can read her full bio here.