UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


The RELIEF Centre


The RELIEF Centre is a transdisciplinary research collaboration that focuses on one of the world's most pressing challenges of the moment: how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities affected by mass displacement

The RELIEF Centre's research focuses on how we can measure prosperity and growth in Lebanon - a country that is experiencing a massive displacement of people - moving beyond indices like GDP to include measures of wellbeing, health, employment and education. 

It is led by the Institute for Global Prosperity, in collaboration with departments in University College London, American University of Beirut and the Centre for Lebanese Studies. 

The RELIEF Centre is funded by the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund. 

Research questions

  • What does inclusive growth and sustainable prosperity look like in the context of large-scale movement of people?
  • How can we improve the quality of life for all in urban environments in Lebanon?
  • How do we drive innovation and measure value creation in the context of Lebanon?
  • How can the research and knowledge transfer capacities of Universities be reconfigured to develop innovative responses to these challenges?

The RELIEF Centre programme consists of four research themes based on the research questions:

Research Theme 1: The Vital City

Research Theme 2: Creating Value

Research Theme 3: Future Education 

Research Theme 4: Prosperity Gains and Inclusive Growth

Visit the RELIEF Centre website