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International Development Research @ Cambridge


The Centre has announced a competition to Cambridge academics, working in collaboration with scholars, policymakers and practitioners from across the globe, to develop innovative projects that will ultimately provide Humanities-led solutions to the pressing societal problems of our age.

We are living in a time of considerable change, particularly at the intersection of technology and society. What are the perils and possibilities of technology for democracy? What potential is there for technology to redesign the urban? What is the impact of technology on social cohesion and cultural diversity? These are some of the critical questions facing society today. The International Centre for Humanities and Social Change, hosted at CRASSH, will explore the question of how technology, scientific knowledge and society interact. Funded for five years through the generous donation of the Humanities and Social Change International Foundation, the Centre is one of four international centres. The other centres are at the University of California, Santa Barbara UCSBCa Foscari University of Venice and Berlin.  

In Cambridge, the Centre will support two major four-year projects which it is anticipated will begin in October 2018.  Each of the two projects is designed to support three four-year postdoctoral research associates, generous buy-out provision for PI/CoIs, and funding for research expenses appropriate to the research questions (travel, visitors, conferences/workshops/meetings/, etc).

Cambridge UTOs and CTOs will be invited to contribute to the framing of the two projects via a two-stage process: 

  • Stage 1 is for potential research teams to propose a research topic.  Up to five teams will be selected to spend Lent term 2018 exploring, defining and developing a potential project.  Funding of up to £4000 will be available to support development events such as seminars, workshops, meetings, research events, research assistance – or other formats which can be proposed by the groups.
  • The groups will be expected to develop a Stage 2 grant proposal for submission by 16 March 2018. Two projects will be funded from 1 October 2018 by the CHSC and other proposals, where suitable, will be encouragd to apply for further external funding through CRASSH.


For further information on eligibility, selection criteria and application process here.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative 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.


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Learn about the support we provide 

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


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