By 2030 it’s predicted that over half of the world’s population will live in cities. We must start thinking now about securing the future prosperity of London’s inhabitants, as well as those who work and sustain the city. Predictions beg the question, is present-day London – a city built largely in the 18th and 19th centuries – a suitable blueprint for the 21st century?
The Greater London National Park is an imaginative and provocative idea that deserves serious consideration. The Institute for Global Prosperity invites teams that include UCL postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students to participate in the challenge by conducting research and suggesting what it would take to for the Greater London National Park to become a reality.
Participants must demonstrate what the multidisciplinary research community of London can contribute to this major challenge for London’s future development. Teams will, identify problems, demonstrate the relevance of existing research, identify and utilise existing data sets that bear upon the identified problems, propose innovative models and methods and critically evaluate and make the case for Greater London as a national park.
Led by Professor Henrietta L. Moore, the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity aims to transform how we make decisions, the kinds of evidence and reasoning on which our decisions are based, and the tools (cultural, policy, legal) we have at our disposal.
Click here for full details, to read suggested research questions and to register before the 1 December 2014 deadline.