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UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

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The Institute for Global Prosperity's mission is to transform how we make decisions, the kinds of evidence and reasoning on which our decisions are based, and the tools we have at our disposal.

Our work sets out to build new partnerships and generate new ideas to make prosperity happen for communities around the globe. Our innovative mixed methods draw together cutting edge academic thinking from a range of disciplines with social and technical innovation to improve our evidence, reasoning and decision-making about how to build a globally prosperous future. With these insights, we work with communities and a range of partners to challenge assumptions, reframe questions and develop new approaches.

We believe that, to achieve our vision, societies must transform the way they conceptualise and reach decisions affecting prosperity.

The vehicle for this will be our problem-led, evidence-based research that:

  • educates the next generation;
  • stimulates original, radical thinking about new pathways towards economic, social and cultural prosperity;
  • draws on a rich, diverse array of intellectual and imaginative resources by cultivating collaborations with all audiences, from academics, policy-makers and practitioners to communities and users; and
  • thinks globally, always recognising the diversity of forms of human flourishing and their interconnectedness in a global world.

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.

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.