Henrietta L. Moore

is the Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity and Chair in Philosophy, Culture and Design at UCL

Henrietta L. Moore.

Ethiopia Control of Bovine TB Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)

The ETHICOBOTS project aims at tackling the high burden of BTB in the Ethiopian dairy farm sector and to minimise the zoonotic impact on high risk groups such as staff and their families working on these dairy farms. More »

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The Mediterranean migrant crisis, big business and climate change

Forced migration is framed as a political issue but climate change and inequality are fuelling the catastrophe and business has a role play in solving it, Henrietta Moore writes in the Guardian More »


Snapshot Songs

The premiere of Snapshot Songs, a song-cycle for 21st-century London, commissioned by The SHM Foundation and composed by Stuart Hancock in collaboration with Londoners, took place on 13-14 April 2014 at the Guildhall School’s brand new concert hall Milton Court. More »


Should the Commonwealth go the same way as the British Empire?

You probably didn’t realise it, but today is Commonwealth Day. In fact, it’s likely that the vast majority of the 2.2 billion people around the world who call one of the 53 Commonwealth nations home didn’t know either. Fifty years ago – and earlier, as Empire Day – this would have been a day of […] More »

Tjuvholmen new district, Bryggegangen cafe and restaurant area, Oliva Pizzeria restaurant

Why Scandinavia is not the model for global prosperity we should all pursue

And so another league table has confirmed what has become a truism: that when it comes to prosperity, Scandinavia rules the roost. This year’s edition of the annual Legatum Prosperity Index (LDI) places Norway, Denmark and Sweden in first, fourth and sixth places respectively, with Finland trailing at a still-enviable eighth. The UK was 13th, […] More »


Let’s be honest about immigration – it’s about work, not benefits

It must be the most notorious eight square miles in the entire world. I am talking, of course, about the Italian island of Lampedusa – increasingly a magnet for African migrants trying to cross from Libya into the El Dorado of the EU. The numbers of migrants involved are truly staggering. Some 2,700 people have […] More »


The End of Development Professor Henrietta Moore

Over recent decades, the richer world has poured money towards poorer countries, in the form of aid and loans for development over many decades. But is this top-down solution really effective? Anthropologist Henrietta Moore argues that the age of development is over, and that we need to move to new ideas about how to improve […] More »


Benjamin Kipkorir, 1940-2015

BE Kipkorir

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Benjamin Kipkorir on 20 May 2015. Born in 1940 in Kapsowar, Elgeyo-Marakwet District in Kenya, Ben was the pre-eminent Marakwet intellectual. Through his work on the Marakwet, he made an enormous contribution to the history and anthropology of Kenya, championing oral historical techniques as well as ‘ethnography of the self’ in the days beforepostcolonial reflexivity had become established. Ben’s support and astute critique has been present from the very beginning of my academic career, when I arrived in Kenya as a PhD student. In fact, in 1981 he convened the conference at the University of Nairobi where I gave the very first paper on my Marakwet research, and his edited collection The Kerio Valley contained my first publication. It’s hard to believe that his kindly, wise, critical voice will no longer be heard.

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“We need a new model of economic growth”


Sitting here on a beautiful day in London with all the newspaper headlines saying the feel-good factor is coming back, it’s very easy to think that everything that’s happened since 2008 was just a terrible nightmare and now we can all relax. But I do not believe that is the case. This week the Sunday Times Rich List quoted the largest ever annual growth in wealth of the richest people in the UK and the recent OECD report put inequality at the highest rate for several decades. If you look at the American figures, from 1976 to 2007, 1% of the population in the USA took 40% of the income.

Read Henrietta L. Moore on her new UCL Institute in the NewStart online magazine, 21 May 2014

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“Ebola is a product of a destructive and exploitative global economic system”

Like a sleepwalker roused from his dream, the world is slowly waking up to the full nightmare of the Ebola outbreak decimating west Africa. With small numbers of cases turning up in western countries, governments here are belatedly pledging action to fight the disease, which has already claimed almost 5,000 lives. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all countries struggling to recover from wars still fresh in the memory – have buckled under the onslaught of this horrific virus.

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Still Life: Hopes, Desires and Satisfactions

Ranging from African initiation rituals to Japanese anime, and from sex in virtual worlds to Schubert songs, Henrietta Moore focuses on how best we might approach the relationship between critical thought and politics, as well as the dynamics of intimacy and meaning in contemporary cultural and social life. This book explores how the ideas of social analysts and ordinary people intertwine and diverge, and argues for an ethics of engagement based on an understanding of the human need to engage with cultural problems and seek social change.

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Tomorrow’s Fantasies

Prophets of the future are being ostracised from the canon. Is this reluctuance to accept speculation in the arts a symptom of decline, as we no longer wish to imagine new possibilities for culture and our lives? Or is fantasising about the future a childish past-time which avoids real engagement with human nature? On 5 June Henrietta L. Moore, fantastical novelists Nick Harkaway and Justina Robson imagined a brave new world at this year’s philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye

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