UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Dr Christopher Harker

Associate Professor

Deputy Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity

Research Summary

My current research examines existing and future financial systems and practices that enable people to flourish within planetary limits. This involves a critique of normative financial relations, an attentiveness to the many alternatives already in play and an interest in future possibilities. My research poses questions about how real quality of life can be financed? How we can pay for the societies we want and how we can create more inclusive forms of value? What options are available for the majority of people whose efforts to create meaningful lives are not supported by existing financial systems and relations? How do we move from failing forms of finance and growth economics that creates inequality and ecosystem destruction towards more inclusive and sustainable forms of prosperity?

My research practice is grounded in my training as a human geographer, my long-standing commitment to working ethnographically with residents of Ramallah, Palestine, and more recent work with community organisations in east London. I am currently leading an ESRC funded project Transforming Financial Inclusion to Finance Inclusive Prosperity in Ramallah, Palestine, and a collaboration with Money A+E, a social enterprise in Newham, London, UK.

Recent publications include a monograph Spacing Debt: Obligations, Violence and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine (Duke University Press), and the edited collection (with Dr. Amy Horton) Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt (UCL Press).


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