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Redesigning prosperity for the
21st century

The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) undertakes pioneering research that seeks to dramatically improve the quality of life for this and future generations. Its strength lies in the way it allies intellectual creativity to effective collaboration and policy development.

Of particular importance to the IGP’s approach is the way in which it integrates non-academic expertise into its knowledge generation by engaging with governments, policy makers, business, civil society, the arts and local communities. 

The IGP has established three Prosperity Co-Laboratories (PROCOLs) in the UK, Lebanon and Kenya, with each one conducting several major research projects. The research that takes place in these sites provides excellent opportunities for comparative, transdisciplinary research aligned to local needs and stakeholders. We conduct pioneering theoretical, methodological and policy focussed research on the Prosperity Index and prosperity measures, welfare and Universal Basic Services, and debt and financing prosperity. 

"The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the IGP make it a unique place to work at.
The environment is intellectually stimulating, and the research has a direct impact on addressing social and economic inequalities, sustainability, and well-being on a global scale."

Jose Izcue Gana

PROCOL UK Project Officer


Place-based, collaborative research

We work with communities to understand the needs of a diverse society and present inclusive solutions to local government. 


Together with civil society, government and citizens, we aim to drive a sustained shift in public debate, policymaking, investment and community action for shared prosperity. 

Training citizens to drive policy change

Together with the University College London Office for Open Science, we've launched the UCL Citizen Science Academy,

an ambitious new initiative to deliver community-based, practice-led research training to empower communities to lead change through social action and shaping policies that impact their livelihoods. 

The Academy’s principles and programmes build on lessons from our citizen social science projects in the UK, Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, and Cuba, as well as the multiple citizen science projects running across various disciplines at the UCL.

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A whole-systems approach for social protection

We developed the idea and theory behind Universal Basic Services and published the UK’s first report and proposal for Universal Basic Services in 2017.

Among rising living costs and the threat of climate change, Universal Basic Services would enhance people’s capacities and capabilities, bringing opportunities for economic and social participation through a shared infrastructure of public services.

Social protection systems that are more efficient, not dependent on economic growth, and embedded in the social infrastructure of communities through access to services, will make them more resilient and crisis-resistant.

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Knowledge exchange

Our Knowledge Networks are expert multi-stakeholder teams within the IGP, drawing on the academy, business, government and civil society, charged with identifying, delivering and designing new ideas, concepts, and methods to address emerging challenges and solutions. 

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