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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 tools (cultural, policy, legal) we have at our disposal.

UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

One of today’s pressing concerns is how to build, enhance and ensure the sustainable prosperity of human societies across the globe. A prosperity beyond material measures of individual wealth, where society is underpinned by the principles of fairness and justice.

Current economic models, for example, bring prosperity for some, but not for all, creating stark inequalities.  Added to this are challenges such as an ageing population, migration, sustaining the environment and managing climate change.

We need a complete understanding of what long-term prosperity and wellbeing is and how it can be achieved.  Professor Henrietta Moore, who will head up the Institute explains: "Sustainable prosperity is the major challenge of our age. We need to pull together intellectual and imaginative resources for the sake of generations to come."

To confront this task a radically different kind of knowledge is required. It needs to be produced and driven by problems, outside and in-between established disciplinary ‘containers’ and in a way that it enables the development of different kinds of models and metrics, identifies hidden interrelations and hitherto overlooked global socio-political and socio-economic dynamics. It needs innovative thinking to ask the right questions and to find appropriate answers.

The Institute for Global Prosperity sets out to develop such cross-disciplinary knowledge as an evidence-base for novel approaches to achieve sustainable societies. It will launch in October 2014 with social anthropologist Professor Henrietta L. Moore, UCL chair of Culture, Philosophy and Design, as its founding director.

Our programmes

We're planning to offer a Masters in Sustainable Global Prosperity, beginning in September 2016. 

When we have more detailed information we'll post it on the site.  You can also register your interest below and we'll email you with details when they're available.

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Our research

At root the challenge of sustainable prosperity is a social one. It is about the challenge to find ways to envision and co-ordinate human actions to deploy scarce resources in a manner that is sustainable over the long term and benefits all in a fair manner. It is about the challenge to transform how decisions are made, the quality of evidence and reasoning on which they are based, and the tools (cultural, economic, policy, legal) we have at our disposal to implement our decisions.

The Institute for Global Prosperity follows a unique approach to the production of knowledge that will transform our knowledge of and approach to sustainable prosperity based on four principles:

  1. Multidisciplinarity across the social sciences, and between the biological and earth sciences and the social sciences
  2. Evidence-based and problem-led research
  3. Co-production of knowledge with users and communities
  4. Comparative global focus

The Institute brings together multi-disciplinary expertise from across UCL and the global academic community. Of particular importance to its approach is the way in which the Institute will integrate non-academic expertise in its approach and into its knowledge generation, by engaging with decision-makers, business, civil society,  and communities.

Our people

The Institute for Global Prosperity will be headed up by leading Anthropologist Professor Henrietta Moore, who will join UCL from the University of Cambridge in October 2014.

The Institute will also draw on expertise from across UCL's ten faculties, and on a global network of leading experts in diverse disciplines in the form of a Global Fellows Programme.  

Professor Henrietta L. Moore
Director of UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
Chair of Culture, Philosophy and Design

Henrietta L. Moore is a distinguished social anthropologist and is actively involved in the application of social science insights to business, the arts and public policy. She is Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions Ltd, a strategy and insight consultancy based in central London, and currently William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

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IGP Challenge 2015

IGP Challenge 2015

The Challenge

By 2030 it’s predicted that over half of the world’s population will live in cities. We must start thinking now about securing the future prosperity of London’s inhabitants, as well as those who work and sustain the city. Predictions beg the question, is present-day London – a city built largely in the 18th and 19th centuries – a suitable blueprint for the 21stcentury?

Daniel Raven-Ellison has proposed that Greater London should become a national park.  At the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity we believe that imaginative and provocative ideas like this deserve serious consideration. And we’re inviting UCL researchers, including postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students to participate in the project by conducting research and suggesting what it would take to realise Daniel’s vision.

The competition opens 16 October and closes at 5pm on 2 February 2015.

Visit the Challenge webpage for more information


Professor Moore Announces the IGP Challenge 2015

Thursday 16 October

Professor Henrietta Moore has announced the Institute for Global Prosperity Challenge 2015, which gives UCL researchers the opportunity to shape Greater London and to win £1,000.

The competition, which opened 16 October and closes 2 February, invites research teams to progress a vision for Greater London that has been proposed by Dabiel Raven-Ellison. Daniel's idea is to turn Greater London into a unique type of national park: a National Park City. The National Park City is an urban habitat, where wildlife, the built environment and cultural heritage are valued equally.

The team of researchers who find evidence for the benefits of the national park and come up with an innovative means of organising, structuring and funding the park will be invited to co-author a report with the Institute for Global Prosperity and the Greater London National Park inititive.

For information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Institute for Global Prosperity Challenge webpage.

Two new events series launches the Institute for Global Prosperity

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Renowned social anthropologist Professor Henrietta Moore, head of the newly formed UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, opens up the debate on the most pressing challenge of our age – achieving long-term prosperity for the whole of humankind – with two new events series.

Professor Moore will open the ‘Soundbites’ series, on 16th October, Professor Moore posing the question ‘Why Prosperity Now?  The soundbites are short public events that provoke debate on a range of economic, social and cultural issues that influence global prosperity. Speakers will ask a searching question, propose an answer and then invite attendees to have their say.

On 13th November, Professor Karel Williams of Manchester University begins the ‘UCL Global Prosperity Seminars’ series. His seminar, ‘The Foundational Economy and the Challenge of Prosperity’, focuses the discussion on Britain and will follow a more traditional seminar format.

Through the Institute for Global Prosperity, Professor Moore aims to cultivate multidisciplinary research practices in order to stimulate relevant debate and original solutions. Equipped with a diverse range of research interests, including new technologies, contemporary art and public policy, Professor Moore hopes to inspire a new generation of academics and professionals to cut across academic disciplines and bridge professional sectors in their endeavour to reveal pioneering resolutions to global problems. She joins The Bartlett from the University of Cambridge, where she is William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology.

Download the poster for the next event, 'Why prosperity now?' (pdf)

Henrietta Moore honoured by Queen's University Belfast

Friday 4 July 2014

Henrietta Moore has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from Queen's University Belfast for services to the social sciences. 

She says of her award: 'I am thrilled to be awarded an Honorary DSSc from Queen’s University. The study of social science today is a vital part of the academic life of a university, and has the potential to spark real, positive change, both locally and on a global scale.'

Watch the ceremony here: http://bit.ly/VKEu4Z

Henrietta Moore discusses civil society at Hay Festival

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Henrietta Moore appeared at the Hay Festival on Wednesday 28 May to talk about changes in ‘politics from below’ and ask whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. 

She was joined by video link by Ricken Patel, the co-founder of the global protest movement AVAAZ. 

Listen to 'The future of civic activism' on UCL's SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/uclsound/sets/ucl-also-seen-appearing-in

Professor Moore appears on Radio 4

Thursday 12 June 2014

Henrietta Moore joins Laurie Taylor and Sarah Franklin, Professor in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, to talk about Professor Franklin’s study into the meaning and impact of IVF. Has the creation of new biological relatives transformed our notion of kinship? 

Listen to Professor Moore on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, from 20.30 minutes in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0460j01

The goals for the new Institute for Global Prosperity

Wednesday 21 May 2014

"Together, we want to rethink and re-model the evidence base that is needed, and reappraise the measurements used to understand global societal change. We aim to develop radical new starting points to deal with the challenges of sustainable global prosperity."

Henrietta Moore writes in New Start Magazine, laying out the goals for the new Institute for Global Prosperity.

Read more: www.newstartmag.co.uk/your-blogs/we-need-a-new-model-of-economic-growth

Henrietta Moore discusses the new Institute for Global Prosperity

Wednesday 15 May 2014

"What we need is a robust set of research evidence, and we need to deliver that evidence to those who make the decisions." 

Professor Henrietta L. Moore appears on BBC World Service - Business Daily to discuss the new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity. 

Listen again, from 6 minutes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ypllb

About us

Our vision

Our vision is of a prosperous global future.  A society underpinned by the principles of fairness and justice and a realistic, long-term vision of humanity's place in the world.  A place where societies co-exist and interact effectively and where key players seek to improve prosperity, locally and globally. 

Our mission

We aim to transform how we make decisions, the kinds of evidence and reasoning on which our decisions are based, and the tools (cultural, policy, legal) we have at our disposal.

This will involve challenging assumptions, re-writing the questions and creating new definitions.  It will involve looking at our basic institutions and considering radical new approaches.

Contact us

Professor Henrietta L. Moore

Director, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


Dr Mary Davies

Research Associate, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9919


Joni Browne

Institute Administrator, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3549 5705