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Ms Saffron Woodcraft
  • Senior Research Associate
  • UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
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My research explores context-specific understandings of shared prosperity in urban neighbourhoods experiencing rapid change in their social, economic and physical landscapes.  My work takes an ethnographic approach to understanding lived experiences of prosperity and inequality and how they are shaped by social, political and economic dynamics.  I collaborate with citizen scientists, local community organisations, policymakers and government actors to translate local concepts of prosperity into new metrics.  This work engages with questions about the social and political implications of reimagining prosperity as situated and diverse, the theoretical and methodological challenges this presents to developing new forms of evidence and policy directions.  My current research examines prosperity and inequality as multi-dimensional and locally-situated concepts in London (www.londonprosperityboard.org) and Havana, Dar es Salaam and Colombo (www.urban-know.com). 
My published work explores the value of place-based approaches to research and policy development, citizen-led models and metrics of shared prosperity, and processes of local social innovation.  I explore these topics drawing on several years of ethnographic research in east London and mixed methods research in urban neighbourhoods around the UK.

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