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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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Autumn Term Soundbites and Director's Seminars

Autumn Term Soundbites and Director's Seminars

06 October 2016



UCL Institute for Global Prosperity is pleased to announce the speakers for our Autumn term Soundbites and Director's Seminars public events series. Register in advance to avoid disappointment.

Alex Nicholls | The Values Economy? Financing social impact

Alex Nicholls | The Values Economy? Financing social impact

06 October 2016

The 'wicked problems' facing the world today are increasingly seen as being beyond the capacity of the conventional institutions of the government, market and civil society to tackle alone. As a consequence there ...
Professor Henrietta Moore helps to launch the UCL Campaign

Professor Henrietta Moore helps to launch the UCL Campaign

19 September 2016

On Thursday 15 September, Professor Henrietta Moore joined a panel of world-class academics for the launch of the new UCL Campaign.
The Post GDP World: Towards Sustainable Global Prosperity - A new MOOC from IGP

The Post GDP World: Towards Sustainable Global Prosperity - A new MOOC from IGP

UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) is pleased to announce that a new MOOC titled The Post GDP World: Towards Sustainable Global Prosperity, will be launched later this year.
(Un)Urban: Investigating green spaces in East London eBook published

(Un)Urban: Investigating green spaces in East London eBook published


In June, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) ran a strand of the Global Citizenship summer school, called (Un)Urban: Investigating green spaces in East London. IGP have published an eBook about the ...
Electives available on MSc in Global Prosperity

Electives available on MSc in Global Prosperity

Postgraduate students at UCL can now take electives from the new MSc in Global Prosperity.

Financing Prosperity Network workshop review

Blog by Dr Christopher Harker

(Un)Urban: The review

This year, the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) was given the chance to run a ‘Grand Challenge Strand’ as part of the yearly Global Citizenship Programme at UCL. Taking place in early ...

Encountering Others Ted Talk highlighted in Al Jazeera


In an article published in Al Jazeera on the weekend following the Bastille Day attack in Nice, Morwari Zafar quotes Professor Henrietta Moore's theory of the ethical imagination, arguing that instead of ...

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Financing Prosperity Network

Financing Prosperity Network

11 February 2016

The recent and rapid expansion of both private and public debt across the globe, and the inequality and harm this has caused makes the task of developing alternatives to financial debt urgently necessary ...
MOVE: Making Olympicopolis Work for Youth

MOVE: Making Olympicopolis Work for Youth

07 March 2016


Gender and adolesence: Global evidence

Gender and adolesence: Global evidence

01 May 2016

Adolescence is critical to development, but young people need support to avoid risky behaviours and make decisions that set them on a positive life trajectory. Despite remarkable progress over the past two decades ...
Marakwet Research Station

Marakwet Research Station

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 ...
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 ...
Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)

Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)

The ETHICOBOTS project aims at tackling the high burden of BTB in Ethiopia, both directly and by addressing its broader consequences. Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in Africa is a rapidly growing concern, not just ...