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The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity aims to transform how we make decisions, the kinds of evidence and reasoning on which our decisions are based, and the cultural, legal and policy tools we have at our disposal.

The globalised world we live in faces many challenges. New science and technology research offers many potential futures, but if one had to choose one integrated project to be addressed by a university with all the disciplinary resources at its disposal, it would surely be that of how we will sustain human societies on this planet in a way that ensures the prosperity and wellbeing of all.

The problem of sustainable prosperity is not just a set of challenges about how to manage resources better or develop new technologies, but a much more fundamental one of values and behaviour change, about how to think and act quite differently. To do this we will need to rethink the fundamentals of human and societal prosperity, and the models and methods we use for this purpose, as well as the role of research and the purpose of the university more generally.

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Henrietta Moore awarded DBE in the 2016 New Years Honours

Henrietta Moore awarded DBE in the 2016 New Years Honours

07 January 2016

IGP is delighted to announce that its Director, Professor Henrietta L. Moore, was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to social sciences.  Professor Moore ...
Refuge in a Moving World Seminar Series

Refuge in a Moving World Seminar Series

15 January 2016

This seminar series brings together scholars from across UCL to develop a research-led, university-wide conversation regarding the on-going conflicts and crises of protection which are arising in the context of intersecting processes of ...
My Perfect Country airs on BBC World Service

My Perfect Country airs on BBC World Service

04 February 2016

The first episode of My Perfect Country airs today (Thursday 4 February) on BBC World Service at 8pm GMT. The episode is also available to listen to on the BBC World Service website ...
Hospitality and Hostility in a Moving World: Call for proposals

Hospitality and Hostility in a Moving World: Call for proposals

2015 has seen the highest level of global forced migration ever recorded, with over 60 million people worldwide having been displaced internationally or internally by the end of 2015. Millions of people have ...
My Perfect Country: BBC World Service and IGP announce radio collaboration

My Perfect Country: BBC World Service and IGP announce radio collaboration


Tim Waterman | The Tasty City: Reimagining Utopia for a delicious future

Tim Waterman | The Tasty City: Reimagining Utopia for a delicious future

Taste and appetite in the construction of everyday life and the public imagination provide the key for understanding how conceptions of utopia can be rescued from abstraction and be employed to effect real ...

SDGs, the Millennial generation and optimism: the Countdown 2030 review

By Hannah Sender.

2015 Annual Review

Now that the year is coming to a close, the IGP team has been reflecting on an exciting first year in the Bartlett Faculty at UCL. We are pleased to have spent the ...

IGP deliver UN Women workshop on women's sustainable prosperity

IGP Director, Professor Henrietta Moore, and Senior Research Associate Dr Carolyn Williams, have delivered a two-day workshop in Bangkok to delegates from UN Women. The subject of the workshop, 'Women's Sustainable Prosperity ...

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Prosperity in East London

Prosperity in East London

08 September 2015

IGP has established a collaboration with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to explore what long-term prosperity means for communities in East London. This project is conceived as an alternative approach to measuring ...
Marakwet Research Station

Marakwet Research Station

08 September 2015

The Marakwet Research Station is situated in Tot-Sibou Village in the Kerio Valley, northwest Kenya. The Station has emerged out of longstanding interdisciplinary research led by Henrietta Moore and Matthew Davies, and is ...
Greater London National Park City

Greater London National Park City

The Greater London National Park City campaign was launched by radical geographer Daniel Raven-Ellision in Winter 2014. Daniel’s vision for Greater London is to promote an appreciation and understanding of the green ...
Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya

Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya

This project considers the relationship between changing agricultural production and local knowledge in the Marakwet region of northwest Kenya, in particular the implications for food security and natural resource management. IGP is working ...
Community Gardening, Social Networks and Wellbeing

Community Gardening, Social Networks and Wellbeing

Mobile Garden City is a temporary moveable community garden and growing space funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) located on Chobham Manor within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This research investigates the ...