Economist Mariana Mazzucato, Winner of the 2019 Madame de Staël Prize
The jury praised her novel thinking, challenging conventional wisdom in the understanding of the role of the state in public policy and innovation. The prize worth €20,000, with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, is awarded annually by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, to eminent scholars and intellectuals whose work represents a significant contribution to the identity and values of Europe.
Economist Mariana Mazzucato is the recipient of the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, honouring her wide-ranging and stimulating work in the field of political economy and particularly her groundbreaking contributions to understanding the role of the state in innovation. The jury valued her outstanding efforts in shaping new narratives for Europe and its economy through her scholarly work and public engagement.
The award further recognises Mazzucato’s commitment to connect academia with European policymaking, most visibly through her contributions to the EU’s research and innovation agenda, encouraging cross-disciplinary cooperation to achieve true innovation with societal relevance, both within and beyond Europe.
The 2019 ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize was handed over during the award ceremony at the 25th anniversary of ALLEA hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences at the University of Bern on 8 May. Switzerland’s Federal Councillor for Economics, Education and Research Guy Parmelin opened the ceremony, and the President of the European Research Council Jean-Pierre Bourguignon provided the laudatory speech.