Professor Henrietta Moore Disk

Professor Dame Henrietta Moore

Professor Dame Henrietta L. Moore is a distinguished anthropologist and social theorist. She is the Director of the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity and holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design at UCL. She has recently appeared on the BBC World Service programme ‘My Perfect Country‘ which showcases how we can learn from successful (or partly successful) transitions to global prosperity in diverse contexts.

Professor Moore’s research focuses on the application of social insights to policy, with direct involvement from communities at grassroots level through citizen science and journalism. She has worked closely with several African communities for over thirty years and retains a long-term research engagement with the continent. She is interested in issues of globalisation, gender, institutional change, social transformation and livelihood strategies. Professor Moore is also Chair and co-founder of a research and strategy consultancy that uses academic insights to boost innovation in the public and private sectors.

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Tuukka Toivonen

Tuukka Toivonen is an organisational sociologist with a particular interest in understanding how collective creative processes can drive positive and radical societal change towards a more sustainable economic culture. His work on how creative clashes shape business entrepreneurship models recently attracted ESRC funding in the form of a Transformative Research Grant and his work has been published in various outlets such as The Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Social Politics and Stanford Social Innovation Review. As Programme Director for the MSc in Global Prosperity, Tuukka looks forward to co-developing new approaches to how global prosperity can be “prototyped” by innovative teams and through various experiments. In the past, Tuukka has written extensively about youth employment, activation policy and entrepreneurship in the Japanese context, resulting in books such as Japan’s Emerging Youth Policy: Getting Young Adults Back to Work (Routledge, 2013) and award-winning journal articles. He maintains a keen interest in how young people can shape our economic culture through democratic acts of social and sustainable entrepreneurship. Prior to joining University College London, Tuukka also held research and teaching appointments at several prestigious institutions in the UK and overseas (including Kyoto University, Green Templeton College and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford, Goldsmiths College and SOAS).

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Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies is a lecturer in African Studies at UCL, prior to which he was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow and fellow in East African Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He sits on the Governing Council and Research Committee of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and is a senior editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of African History. His particular focus is on Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan and research interests include Long-term Human-Environment Resilience in Eastern Africa, Historical Ecology, Agricultural and Pastoral systems, Climate/Ecology and Development, Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge, Citizen Science, GIS and Theories of Landscape, Historical Archaeology, and Contemporary Agricultural Landscape Management. He is particularly interested in finding interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to tackling such issues.

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Konrad Miciukiewicz

Konrad Miciukiewicz is a postdoctoral researcher at IGP. He collaborates with cultural and creative industries to shape vibrant places and novel pathways to youth employment and entrepreneurship in East London. Before joining UCL Konrad worked as strategist and copywriter at several advertising agencies in Poland, Germany and Iceland, and as a post-doctoral researcher at the Global Urban Research Unit in Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He was involved in a number of large European research & innovation projects, including SOCIAL POLIS, KATARSIS and SPINDUS, that explored issues of economic development, social cohesion, and cultural diversity in urban settings. He has published on sustainable cities, creativity and social justice in Urban Studies, Cities, International Planning Studies and Journal of Urban Design.

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Saffron Woodcraft

Saffron Woodcraft’s research addresses urban regeneration, sustainable communities policy and ideas about home and community in East London. Her work engages with these questions by looking at how the new communities in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are imagined, planned, designed and inhabited. She is particularly interested in how narratives around housing, economic growth and sustainable development are interpreted by planners, architects, developers and public agencies working on these neighbourhoods to create new visions of urban social life. By focusing on the design and planning process, her work explores the relationship between discourse, policy and the materiality of new urban landscapes.