skip to content

Cambridge Global Challenges


What can humanitarian NGO & /non-profits learn from design approaches, especially prototyping in lab and in field? What can we in the field of design for social impact learn from them, about real-world impact and validation? The purpose of this event is to connect researchers, designers, producers, NGOs and other stakeholders to consider how this improvement might be pursued.

Despite a plethora of media-friendly humanitarian 'design solutions', many of these seem a world away from what might actually succeed with impact in the real world. For many stakeholders, the model of such solutions being 'handed down' from a distant benefactor is an uncomfortable one, outdated and politically suspect. It appears there's a long way to go to improve the development and delivery of appropriate and effective humanitarian products and services.

At this event you will hear from a variety of expert perspectives, and join structured discussions to explore questions of key future challenges in practice, and share knowledge of innovation methods, cultural contexts, and technological applications.

The event will be facilitated by John Stevens, researcher and lecturer in Innovation Design, and by Bas Raijmakers and Geke van Dijk of design research consultancy STBY.

Please register here.

Friday, 22 September, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:30
Event location: 
Royal College of Art's Senior Common Room
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Funding Opportunities

Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global...