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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Cambridge Global Challenges facilitates the understanding of challenges faced by the poorest half of the world’s population – namely by offering training in methodologies of co-creation that are required for the adequete consideration of these challenges in academic research projects that propose to address them.

Learning about design research methodology was extremely valuable. It is very useful to have a framework which allows you to conduct field research in a way which provides useful information.” 
Thomas Stakes, leading the development of technology for the provision of access to high quality drinking water in low resource settings at Blue Tap  

Co-creation Skillathon [9th June 2019]

Facilitated and advised by Cambridge Global Challenges and delivered by the Learning for Purpose – the Gates Cambridge professional development programme – the skillathon introduced design methodologies for co-created and interative work and research.

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Masterclass in Design Methods for Global Challenges [19th March 2018, 10.30-6pm, Maxwell Centre]

This Masterclass will explore the similarities and differences between particular disciplinary approaches to co-creation with end-users – systems design, public health-oriented co-creation methodologies, product development and participatory development research – and their application to scientific research that intends to benefit communities in developing countries.

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Workshop on User-Centred Design in Developing World Contexts [Application deadline: 19th December 2017; 10th January 2018, 9-5pm, Maxwell Centre]

This workshop will introduce the principles of user-centred design and explore the specific challenges and opportunities that commonly arise when using this approach to co-create innovative responses to global challenges.

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Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the SRI's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


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Join working groups that invite your collaboration, create a new working group and learn about available funding opportunities here.


Contact us

Research Strategy Manager (Dr Sara Serradas O'Holleran):​.