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Understanding prosperity in Asia

The Asia Prosperity Research Hub explores what prosperity means and entails in Asia, contributing to our rethinking around the concept of prosperity for the 21st century, as ‘an emergent feature of a complex set of embedded interactions over time’ (Moore and Mintchev, 2021).

 

Thinking about global prosperity in the 21st century requires a critical engagement with the evolution of this concept and the relevant sustainable pathways to prosperity in Asia. The Research Hub aims to understand the economic and social value systems, taking into consideration country-specific historical conjunctures and cultural features. At the same time, it intends to shed light on the evolution of developmental paradigms in the region and evaluate individual Asian countries’ systemic changes over time. 

Themes

1.  The concept and pathways to prosperity in China

This research strand engages with the critical question of the possible interpretations of China’s definition of prosperity, with the relevant discourses and developmental pathways, adopting an interdisciplinary historical, cultural, and political-economic perspective to better understand China’s strong emphasis on economic prosperity based on the axiom of stability.

 

What is the origin of China’s vision of prosperity? How is the narrative of prosperity constructed through history? What is the relationship between the State’s wealth and power vis-à-vis the quality of people’s lives, their aspirations and sense of purpose?

2. Gender equality and economic development

This research strand wishes to bring a gendered perspective to prosperity, by challenging the conventional myth that economic development will naturally lead to gender equality and prosperity for women. 

 

Economic development in East Asian countries, from Japan to Korea and recently China, fails to improve the status of women. In the case of China, despite much-acclaimed economic progress in the last ten years, gender gaps are indeed widening. This urges us to think harder and dig deeper on what prosperity means for different social groups, especially historically disadvantaged groups such as women; and how to make sure they benefit equally from any progress that is achieved.

3. Technology and entrepreneurship for prosperity

This theme explores the implications of new innovations, such as the accelerated digital revolution - block chain, AI, AR, Additive manufacturing etc, for rural populations and how these innovations can be leveraged by entrepreneurs for crafting a pathway towards prosperity in (East) Asia.

We are also interested in how new ventures emerge, grow and are sustained within rural populations.

Our Projects

1.

The Lexicon and the Discourse of ‘Prosperity’ in China: An Old-New Paradigm?'

This project in collaboration with Dr Catherine Xiang 

2.

Urban Food Systems

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3.

Prosperity from below

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Meet the team 

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Prof. Maurizio Marinelli

Maurizio is Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity. 

 

For the Asia Prosperity Hub, his work focuses on 'The concept and the pathways to prosperity in China'.

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Dr Yuan He

Dr Yuan He is a lecturer and programme lead of the MSc Global Prosperity at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity.

 

Yuan co-leads the Asian Prosperity Hub, focusing on 'Gender Equality and Economic Development'.

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Dr Onya Idoko

Dr Idoko is Lecturer in Prosperity Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Co-Programme lead of the MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at UCL Institute for Global Prosperity.

 

For the Asia Prosperity Hub Onya leads on 'Technology and Entrepreneurship for Prosperity'. 

Publications & outputs

Lifestyle

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