Conference “Rethinking Innovation: The State, Markets, and Society…”

Dear all,

Rethinking Innovation Conference (September 24 – 26) is very close and we are pleased to invite you to participate. You can register to join us via Zoom at the conference using this link: You will receive details of how to join the sessions one day in advance at the latest.

"Rethinking Innovation: The State, Markets, and Society in times of Upheaval"

There was no blueprint for responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the face of a tragically deadly virus and the threat of unparalleled economic collapse, states around the world embarked on a variety of measures to protect citizens – wielding novel financial, industrial, and regulatory instruments, and steering markets to develop digital technologies and pharmaceutical interventions in rapid time. As we write, there are few obvious lessons from the crisis that shook the world in 2020 and laid clear the fault lines in our economies, but one thing is clear: innovation is not only critical for addressing collective challenges – it is also political.

Over three days (September 24 – 26), Rethinking Innovation Conference will bring in new voices and identify underdeveloped areas of research around key pillars of innovation policy. The paper sessions, where young scholars will present, each address elements of innovation processes: state capacity; finance; governance; industrial capacity; structural change; and governance. We also have four exciting panels with leading scholars exploring how we decolonise technological progress, navigate serendipity in the digital realm, harness state capacity, and democratise innovation policy. We will also be joined for two keynote events – a welcome event with Mariana Mazzucato, and a discussion between Dr Antonio Andreoni and Professor Hochstetler on the green transition and innovation policy. Advancing new research in these areas will help to develop the next generation of inclusive and transformative innovation policies.

The program is published at

Kind regards,

Organizing Committee
Economics of Innovation WG (YSI-INET) & Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (UCL)