UCL Institute for Global Prosperity



We approach prosperity from a global perspective. We undertake long-term research to find out what works and what the challenges of attaining sustainable, equitable global prosperity might be.

Ideas about prosperity shouldn’t only come from industrialised high-income countries, where economic growth is the focus. They should also draw on alternative narratives from the Global South.

The IGP currently works in three main areas: East London, Lebanon and Northern Kenya. We call these sites of exemplification. The research that takes place in these sites provide excellent opportunities for comparative, transdisciplinary research aligned to local needs and stakeholders. 

East London

With one of the most culturally diverse and economically deprived populations in the UK, East London has long been an interesting field site for policy makers and academics.

Today, East London is changing fast. Social and economic deprivation sits alongside technological innovation and large-scale community redevelopment. This, coupled with the historical depth of existing research and policy intervention, means that we have a unique opportunity to explore the past, present and future determinants of prosperity in the area. 

Read more about our work in East London: 

London Prosperity Board

Prosperity in East London



Mass displacement is one of the biggest challenges to prosperity of our time. With the highest percentage of refugees in the world, Lebanon faces a unique challenge in ensuring a stable and prosperous society in this context.

Our research in Lebanon focusses on delivering inclusive and prosperous futures for communities impacted by mass displacement. This is mostly through the ESRC funded RELIEF Centre, which examines sustainable prosperity, urban environments, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the role of universities in building prosperous futures. 

Read more about our work in Lebanon:

The RELIEF Centre

Northern Kenya

The IGP’s director, Professor Henrietta Moore, has worked in northern Kenya for over 30 years. Working with the local community in Marakwet, she’s developed innovative research methodologies to explore social and cultural issues, including globalisation, gender relations and agricultural livelihoods.

Building on this, the IGP is collaborating with the Elgeyo-Marakwet County Government, regional universities and local communities. We’re exploring new pathways to wellbeing and prosperity by looking at challenges related to health, food security, early childhood development, biodiversity, employment, urbanisation and technological innovation.

Our research is largely managed through the community-led Marakwet Research Station. It offers a unique opportunity to approach fundamental global questions of livelihoods, sustainability and aspirations for the future by learning from emerging solutions in Africa.

Read more about our work in Northern Kenya:

Marakwet Research Station

Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya

Medicinal markets for non-communicable diseases: Mapping the health ecology in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya

Understanding the land-water-food nexus in Elgeyo-Marakwet, north-west Kenya