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Dr Christopher Harker
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  • Associate Professor
  • UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

2022-present. Deputy Director, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK.

2019-present. Associate Professor, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK.

2018-2019. Lecturer, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK.

2009-2017. Lecturer, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK. 

2004-2009. PhD in Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada.

2002-2004. MA in Geography, University of British Columbia, Canada.

1999-2002. BSc (Hons) 1st class in Geography, University of Bristol, UK.

Research Summary

My current research examines existing and future financial systems and practices that enable people to flourish within planetary limits. This involves a critique of normative financial relations, an attentiveness to the many alternatives already in play and an interest in future possibilities. My research poses questions about how real quality of life can be financed? How we can pay for the societies we want and how we can create more inclusive forms of value? What options are available for the majority of people whose efforts to create meaningful lives are not supported by existing financial systems and relations? How do we move from failing forms of finance and growth economics that creates inequality and ecosystem destruction towards more inclusive and sustainable forms of prosperity?

My research practice is grounded in my training as a human geographer, my long-standing commitment to working ethnographically with residents of Ramallah, Palestine, and more recent work with community organisations in east London. I am currently leading an ESRC funded project Transforming Financial Inclusion to Finance Inclusive Prosperity in Ramallah, Palestine, and a collaboration with Money A+E, a social enterprise in Newham, London, UK.

Recent publications include a monograph Spacing Debt: Obligations, Violence and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine (Duke University Press), and the edited collection (with Dr. Amy Horton) Financing Prosperity by Dealing with Debt (UCL Press).

Teaching Summary

  • Debt, Finance and Prosperity 
  • Methods 2: Problem Solving for Global Prosperity
  • Social Theories of Prosperity
  • Urban Futures and Prosperity
  • Economic Geography II

01-SEP-2019 Associate Professor Institute for Global Prosperity University College London, United Kingdom
08-JAN-2018 Lecturer in Global Prosperity Institute for Global Prosperity UCL, United Kingdom
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