Can Globalisation Benefit All? Research Project

Developing an Economy of Belonging

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Principal Investigator: Henrietta Moore

Professor Dame Henrietta Moore is the Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, where she also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design. A distinguished anthropologist and cultural theorist, she has focused her recent work on the notion of global sustainable futures.


By rethinking how knowledge is produced, challenging current economic models, and identifying social and political dynamics, Professor Moore’s approach places notions of wellbeing, institutional change, citizenship, and social justice at the focal point of her research.


She is actively involved in the application of social science insights to policy at all levels, and is committed to involving grassroots communities in the production of new types of knowledge through ‘citizen science’. Professor Moore retains an ongoing interest in issues of globalisation, gender, social transformation and livelihood strategies, as well as the relationship between self-imagining and democratic political decision-making.


Co-Investigator: Andrew Percy (Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL)

Project Summary

Exploring the interactions between social security and popular acceptance of globalisation, this projects aims to shed light on the relationship between a sense of belonging and economic development.


Traditionally, social justice has not been a primary concern of economics, but the close relationship between political institutions, citizen needs and perceptions, and successful economic transformation in the 21st century has laid down new parameters and created new forms of uncertainty and volatility. This research project sets out a find potential pathway towards new questions and new ideas to explore how macroeconomics can take account of these new uncertainties, develop new macroeconomic thinking based on new models, and rework the relationship between macroeconomics and policy development.


Using comparative analysis of government spending on public services between regions and nations where globalization has been contested and where it has not, we will explore existing evidence and new models of the relationship between public spending on collective public goods and enhanced individual and community capacities and capabilities. Specifically looking at the financial viability of basic service provision as against cash transfers, and the degree to which individual and community capacities and capabilities are enhanced by public services rather than simple redistributions of cash.


We will look at the distributional effects of public service provision and how they feed into a sense of place and belonging to see if levels of service provision enhance resilience in the face of economic change.


Results will be published here when available.

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