UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Academic staff

Our team is dedicated to challenging current paradigms of short-termism, and realising pathways towards sustainable and inclusive prosperity through collaborative, cross-disciplinary research.

Academic Staff (PhD supervisors)

Matthew Davies

Associate Professor

Programme Lead MSc Global Prosperity 

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Christopher Harker

Associate Professor

Programme Director of the PhD in Global Prosperity 

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Konrad Miciukiewicz

Dr Konrad Miciukiewicz, Senior Teaching Fellow

Before joining UCL, Konrad was a strategist and copywriter at advertising agencies in Poland, Germany and Iceland, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Global Urban Research Unit in Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Recent projects

Konrad has been involved in a number of large-scale European research and innovation projects, including SOCIAL POLIS, KATARSIS, SPINDUS, SHUC, MOVE and TRANS-MAKING, that explored the role of arts, participatory planning, citizen science and social, economic and technological innovation in designing liveable cities.  

Research interests

His research interests include transdisciplinary urban studies, public transportation, futures studies and urban innovation through art and technology. He has published in Urban Studies, Cities, International Planning Studies and the Journal of Urban Design.

For more information, including publications and research projects, please visit Konrad's IRIS profile.

Email: konrad.miciukiewicz@ucl.ac.uk

Jacqueline McGlade

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade is a marine biologist and environmental informatics professor, whose research focuses on the spatial and nonlinear dynamics of ecosystems, climate change and scenario development. Her work at IGP encompasses developing quantitative metrics of prosperity and artificial intelligence.

She was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013, and Chief Scientist and Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) between 2014-2016.

Email: jacquie.mcglade@ucl.ac.uk

Samer Abdelnour


Programme Lead MSc in Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

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Research Staff

Nikolay Mintchev

Dr Nikolay Mintchev, Research Associate

Nikolay is a Research Associate at the IGP and the RELIEF Centre. His work focuses on the themes of prosperity, social change, migration, diversity, and social theory, with specific focus on the UK and Lebanon.

Prior to joining the IGP he was Lecturer at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex University (2014-2015), where he is currently Visiting Fellow. He is co-editor (with R. D. Hinshelwood) of The Feeling of Certainty: Psychosocial Perspectives, which will be published in 2017 by Palgrave McMillan.

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Email: n.mintchev@ucl.ac.uk

Saffron Woodcraft

Lead, East London

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Hanna Baumann

Dr. Hanna Baumann is the Postdoctoral Research Associate on the British Academy-funded project ‘Public services and vulnerability in the Lebanese context of large-scale displacement’. Hanna completed her PhD at the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, Cambridge in 2017. Her research is concerned with questions of urban inclusion and participation expressed at the intersection of global and local scales. This includes refuge and displacement in the city, as well as urban contestations over infrastructural and memory projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford (distinction), as well as undergraduate degrees in History of the Middle East and Art History from Barnard College (summa cum laude). Beyond academia, Hanna has worked on issues of human rights and urban development for non-governmental and UN agencies in the Middle East and South Asia.

Email: h.baumann@ucl.ac.uk

Hannah Sender

Projects, Planning and Advocacy Manager

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Juan Moreno

Research Assistant 

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Elisabetta Pietrostefani

Elisabetta is a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Prosperity. She has a PhD in Planning Policy and Urban Economics and her research mainly focuses on evaluating the effects of urban development in multiple geographies. She has analysed the effects of compact city and density policies, affordable housing, conservation planning and most recently urban well-being and inequality. 

Currently she is working on a Prosperity Index for various locations in Lebanon. Her research adopts both quantitative and qualitative applied methods, undertaking a variety of empirical strategies. She is a firm believer in interdisciplinary research and is happy to supervise dissertations with either a quantitative focus or mixed-methods approaches.

Email: e.pietrostefani@ucl.ac.uk

Honorary Staff 

Jonathon Porritt

Visiting Professor


Jonathon was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984–1990) and Co-Chair of the Green Party (1980–1983), and is now a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings. He has been Chancellor of Keele University since 2012. He’s a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities.

Recent projects

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, and an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. His most recent book, The World We Made, was published in 2013.

Justin Gest

Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He is the author of Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010),The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016), and will soon publish Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change(Cambridge University Press, 2018) and The White Working Class: What everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). He has also authored many peer-reviewed articles, and provided analysis for BBC, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, Politico, Reuters, and Vox.

His work such as The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration takes an original look at the reasons behind the heightening levels of political marginality, illuminating the ways our current political economy is failing to deliver prosperous lives to many people. 

Maurizio Marinelli

Dr Maurizio Marinelli, Visiting Senior Research Associate

Maurizio leads the IGP's knowledge network on East Asian Cities. His research focuses on socio-spatial transformation and geographies of the urban, and he is currently also writing a new single-authored manuscript for Zed Books entitled Hong Kong: Markets, Street Hawkers and the Fight against Gentrification (2017, forthcoming), which looks at the unique function of street markets as spaces of collective identity and living heritage, where bottom-up practices of democratization take place.

Sabine Selchow

Visiting Senior Research Associate

Sabine is interested in the changing nature of global security, the (new) kinds of institutions and governance settings it brings out, and the responses to conflicts they enable. This includes a focus on the influential concepts and practices of 'risk' and 'resilience'. Her empirical research focuses on the EU, EU Member States and the US. At the IGP she brings this interest and expertise together with questions of global prosperity.

Rosi Braidotti

Professor Rosi Braidotti, Visiting Senior Research Associate

Rosi is a distinguished contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician. Her theories of subjectivity, difference and sameness have heavily influenced contemporary thinking. Her current research concerns the human subject in a post-anthropological era, and ethical approaches to emergent forms of subjectivity.

Sandra Piesik

Dr Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in technology development and transfer as well as the implementation of global sustainable legislation. She is the founder of 3 ideas Ltd and initiator of several RD&D groups and consortia including: R&D Group Ecosystems, Urban and Rural Resilience Consortium and the HABITAT Coalition. She is collaborating with the Paris Committee on Capacity Building of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN-HABITAT as a stakeholder in The Guiding Principles for Urban-Rural Linkages for Advancing Integrated Territorial Development, The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), the European Space Agency. 

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (Thames & Hudson 2012) and she is the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet(Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume, 2017). This encyclopaediais the first contemporary global review of vernacular architecture carried out in the past twenty years.The culmination of years of specialist research, it gathers together an international team of more than one hundred and forty leading experts from fifty counties across a diverse range of disciplines to examine what the traditions of vernacular architecture, and its regional craftspeople around the world, can teach us about creating a more sustainable future. 

Noreena Hertz 

Noreena Hertz is a renowned thought leader with an impressive track record in predicting global trends. Her best-selling books, The Silent Takeover, IOU: The Debt Threat and Eyes Wide Open, are published in 23 countries. She advises a select group of the world's leading business and political figures on strategy, economic and geo-political risk, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, millennials and post-millennials, and sits on the board of Warner Music Group. Previously, Noreena served on Citigroup's Politics and Economics Global Advisory Board and RWE's Digital Transformation Board. 

Shahzad Ansari

Professor Shahzad Ansari is Professor of Strategy in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include: institutional processes and diffusion of practices; social and environmental issues, technological and management innovations; value creation and new market development; offshoring and outsourcing; reputation management; and bottom-of-the-pyramid strategies. 

He has published in several leading academic journals, and he serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Organisations Science, Journal of Managment Studies and Organisation Studies. He is a member of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and a Fellow of St Edmunds College, Cambridge. 

Professor Ansari's areas of expertise in executive education include strategic management, technological and business model innovation, social innovation, and corporate social responsibility. He has contributed to executive education programs in many organisations. 

Michelle Baddeley

Professor Michelle Baddeley is a Research Professor at the Institute for Choice (I4C), University of South Australia and an Honorary Professor, University College London. She arrived at I4C from a professorship in the Economics and Finance of the Built Environment at University College London. Before that she was Director of Studies (Economics) and Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, and lecturer for the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge UK. She has a BA (Psychology) and Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland, and an MPhil/PhD (Economics) from University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on applying insights from macroeconomics and behavioural economics across a range of contexts, including investment analysis, neuroeconomics, labour markets, housing, cybersecurity, migration/refugees, energy and the environment. She specialises in the analysis of herding and social influence applied to these and other themes.

Vanesa Castan Broto

Honorary Professor

Professor Broto's research focuses on possibilities to enhance the wellbeing of urban citizens through planning interventions and environmental management. This practical objective is inspired by an underlying  concern about how environmental problems unfold in context and how different perspectives may lead to environmental conflict. Prof. Broto is the principal investigator of the project ‘Mapping Urban Energy Landscapes’ (MUEL), funded under the Economic and Social Research Council programme ‘Future Research Leaders’. The objective of MUEL is to understand the relationship between energy use, access to services and spatial transformations. Such understanding may help to draw pathways for sustainable development in cities in the global south. The project is developing innovative methods for understanding the relationship between social practices and energy use through participatory mapping.

Senior Visiting Researcher

David Bent

David Bent is an adviser, social entrepreneur, and researcher who is passionate about putting the world on a sustainable footing. He has worked as an advisor on the Inclusive Economy for the Cabinet Office, and worked at Forum for the Future.