Mariana Mazzucato starts new post as Special Advisor on Mission Driven Science & Innovation
As of January 2018, Professor Mariana Mazzucato will act as a Special Advisor on Mission Driven Science and Innovation to EU Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas. She will help shape the next EU Framework Programme so that it is more mission-oriented, which means transforming societal challenges (from climate change to care issues) into concrete problems that multiple sectors and different types of public and private actors can work together to solve.
Carlos Moedas has previously spoken of his admiration for Mazzucato’s approach to the role of national governments. In December 2016, he stated: “I believe that, in innovation and research, the role of the Member States and the Union are essential. It is a very good example where the role of the public sector should not only be to tackle a market failure but also to set directions. As Mariana Mazzucato says: Innovation-led growth is not just about fixing a market failure but also about setting direction and creating new markets. If you just tackle the market failure you can head into the wrong direction.”