UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Soundbites and Director's Seminars: Rethinking how we finance prosperity

25 June 2021

Announcing the 2021 Autumn Soundbites and Director's Seminars, a series of public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Rethinking how we finance prosperity

The Soundbites and Director's Seminars series are public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, and open to all. The theme for the Autumn 2021 series is 'Rethinking how we finance prosperity'. 

This series seeks to rethink the relationship between finance and prosperity. The term prosperity is often understood in relation to wealth, and in the contemporary world, wealth is often produced through financial capitalism. However, new ideas about inclusive and sustainable prosperity are being co-produced with diverse communities, based on what people living in different places really value. This work foregrounds ideas about good work, decent housing, education, political voice, better health outcomes and working within ecological systems. In order to realise these diverse aspirations, we urgently need new forms of finance – understood as practices, products and ethos – that can enable pathways to inclusive prosperity. Talks in this series ask how can – and how is – finance being rethought and reconfigured to produce, circulate and support value for the majority of the world’s population? Speakers will examine current modes of financing, outline alternatives and visions of what we can – and must – do differently in order to finance real prosperity.  

Soundbites are a platform for professionals and entrepreneurs who are leading in their field. Speakers are innovators and inspiring actors working in new and traditional sectors, outside of academia. The Soundbite gives the audience an insight into how their organisation contributes to sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

The Director's Seminars are an opportunity for audiences to get an in-depth theoretical perspective on sustainable and inclusive prosperity. These Seminars are given by academics who are pushing for new ways of thinking and new ways of researching society's grand challenges.

We will host these events virtually on Zoom. Please sign up via Eventbrite to receive the webinar code.

Upcoming Director's Seminars:

14 October, 16.00-18.00: The digital refugee economy: an opportunity to leapfrog towards prosperity? Andreas Hackl (University of Edinburgh)

28 October, 16.00-18.00: The Wall Street Consensus at COP26: building a private finance system for net zero, Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol)

18 November, 16.00-18.00: Rentiers of the Green Economy? Rethinking Finance and Ownership Models for a Low-Carbon Transition, Sarah Knuth (Durham University)

2 December, 16.00-18.00: Minimising pain, maximising joy: what is prosperity in a world of dispossession, disposability and violence? Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London) CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION

16 December, 16.00-18.00: Joint event with The Bartlett Development Planning Unit on Zoonoses