UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Longitudinal study of household prosperity

UK’s first longitudinal study of prosperity using citizen-led metrics will produce robust, actionable, and local evidence about prosperity, as defined by local communities.

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20 January 2022

Prosperity in east London 2021-2031 is a 10-year study examining the prosperity of over 4,000 households in 15 areas of east London where large-scale and long-term urban regeneration is driving rapid physical, economic, and social changes in local communities. 

It is the first longitudinal study in the UK to use the Citizen Prosperity Index: a new way of measuring prosperity that reports on what matters to local communities.  The Citizen Prosperity Index was co-designed with a team of citizen scientists based on in-depth qualitative research about lived experiences and local determinants of Prosperity in east London. The Citizen Prosperity Index has five domains: Foundations of Prosperity; Opportunities and Aspirations; Power, Voice, and Influence; Health and Healthy Environments; and Belonging, Identities and Culture. 

Prosperity in east London 2021-2031 is a mixed methods study that combines data from the Citizen Prosperity Index household survey and Obstacles to Prosperity qualitative research, which is undertaken by citizen scientists – local residents employed and trained by UCL’s Citizen Science Academy to work as social scientists in their neighbourhoods.  Data will be collected in three waves between 2021 and 2031.

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