UCLA Royce Hall

Blue Prosperity@UCLA

Supporting sustainable small island economies



The Blue Prosperity program is led by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). The IoES moves science to action on the front lines of environmental progress. It breaks down the silos of disciplinary scholarship and generates solutions to some of the greatest environmental challenges.

The IoES coordinates all program activity with internal and external stakeholders. The program is headed by Peter Kareiva as the Principal Investigator and Jennie Dean as the Program Director. Allison Bell provides administrative support.

Ted Waitt

"The Blue Economy is great, the funding mechanisms are there, but if we work together we can create an era of Blue Prosperity–which takes it to the next level."

—Ted Waitt
Peter Kareiva

“The conventional wisdom is that development and conservation must be at odds. They are not. The tools we create will balance the two, improving island economies by making sure they use marine and coastal resources in a way that maintains the long-term vitality of these ecosystems.”

—Peter Kareiva, IoES Director
Jennie Dean

“What excites me most about this project is working hand-in-hand with island communities to build a suite of tools that stretches across disciplines and industries. Everyone has a role to play.”

—Jennie Dean, Program Director


The UCLA School of Law is one of the top programs in the nation. Within it, centers such as the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment advance law and policy solutions that help nations deal with change. Students under the guidance of faculty mentors will provide legal analysis and recommendations for the tool-kit.



The Anderson School of Management has three pillars of focus–share success, think fearlessly, and drive change–these align with the ambitious and collaborative nature of this project. In their second-year Master’s of Business Administration students, working in teams of 4-5, complete an Applied Management Research project. These student teams will complete economic and development analyses for the tool-kit.

Public Affairs

Public Affairs

The Luskin School of Public Affairs lies at the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policy-making. The unique intersection of these disciplines within one school allows for academic cross-collaboration and a graduate education that values diverse perspectives at the macro- and micro- organizational levels. Master’s student teams completing their Applied Policy Project will contribute policy analysis and other resources to the tool-kit.