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World Humanities Report

The World Humanities Report is part of an international research collaboration between universities and research centres. It was initiated in May 2019 between The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes  (CHCI), the International Council of Philosophy and the Human Sciences (CIPSH), and the UN Education Science and Culture Organisation  (UNESCO). The project, itself an outcome of the 2017 World Humanities Conference organised by CIPHS and UNESCO, is designed to be a tool to better understand and reflect on the contributions of the humanities to knowledge and society in the 21st century. The IGP is a partner institution within the European Regional Research Hub of the WHR project which is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Principal Investigator: Professor Henrietta L. Moore
Research Fellow: Juan M. Moreno

For more information about the project, visit: https://worldhumanitiesreport.org/


TAKHAYYUL is a collaborative research project that will ethnographically study and understand the imaginative forces in the formation of populist religious aspirations in the interconnected geographies recently coined as the Balkan-to-Bengal complex.

The Institute for Global Prosperity’s ERC-funded TAKHAYYUL project will develop an extensive and comparative formulation of a theory of imagination, takhayyul. Researchers in our team focus on a range of historical and aesthetic elements that shape and connect the political imaginaries of political aspirations in eleven countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina Kosovo, North Macedonia, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The interconnected imaginaries provide its followers with a wide range of religious cosmologies, nationalist feelings and other affective and imaginative registers.

This project seeks to contribute to global prosperity by offering a fresh perspective that does not reproduce the tropes on irrationality. Instead, it is designed to provide a sound theoretical ground upon which to delineate the ways populist forms of religious politics forge imaginative landscapes beyond the borders of nation-states.

Project website: https://www.takhayyulproject.com/Project lead: Dr Sertaç Sehlikoglu (Primary Investigator)Project team: Dr. Layli Uddin, Dr Fatemeh Sadeghi, Dr Sumrin Kalia and Dr. Mezna Qato
Project Officer: Alex Pymm 

Honorary Staff:
Laurelie Rae – Takhayyul Artist in Residence
Samet Shabani – Takhayyul Research Fellow
Hazal Aydin – Takhayyul Research Assistant  
Lerna Yanik – Takhayyul Visiting Professor  
James Caron – Takhayyul Research Fellow  
The project began on 1 July 2020 and will run for 5 years.

Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW)

‘Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality' (KNOW) seeks to deliver transformative research and capacity-building for innovation in policy and planning to promote urban equality.

KNOW works with a global consortium of researchers and partners across 13 institutions, in nine countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is funded by ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and led by Professor Caren Levy Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) UCL. 

KNOW has six core work packages with IGP's Professor Henrietta L. Moore (Co-Investigator) and Dr Saffron Woodcraft (Research Fellow) working on the project's Work Package 2 (Comparative inquiry for urban equality). WP2 asks 'How is urban equality comparatively understood, promoted, and implemented between groups within the city and between cities?'. Comparing urban processes, places and groups rather than cities per se will enables us to better identify the conditions that shape the common and particular relationships between the city and equality.

Find out more on the KNOW website

Rebuilding Macroeconomics 

Rebuilding Macroeconomics is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Its long-term aim is to transform macroeconomics back into a policy relevant social science. Its strategy is to support interdisciplinary research and new methods of analysis in macroeconomics.  


TRANS-MAKING: Art / culture / economy to democratize society

TRANS-MAKING is a 4-year Marie Curie project that brings together a global network of 30 partners from academia and the arts to design initiatives that will democratize the society through culture

Read about the TRANS-MAKING project

Transforming Financial Inclusion to Finance Inclusive Prosperity in Ramallah, Palestine

This research will explore how current processes of financial inclusion (FI) can be transformed to create inclusive prosperity that reflects community priorities. We know little about how communities experience existing top-down state and private sector-led processes of FI, and how such processes connect with community understandings of prosperity - what they really value and consider a 'good life'. The research will examine the relationship between FI and prosperity in Palestine, where FI can be studied in 'real life'.

Principal Investigator: Dr Christopher Harker

Read more about the project

You can view a list of IGP's completed projects on this page