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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Cambridge Global Challenges (CGC) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is run by a Directorate, governed by an Advisory Council of University of Cambridge Senior Academics and advised by a Strategy Team and by Interest Group ChampionsOver 300 researchers from across the University  working in physical and biological sciences, engineering and technology, business, law and medicine, and the arts, humanities and social sciences – participate in Cambridge Global Challenges.

CGC was co-founded by University of Cambridge researchers and by the Centre for Global Equality (CGE). The partnership with CGE facilitates access to relevant civil society practitioners in the developing world, and mechanisms for the R&D and diffusion processes often required to ensure that research achieves the intended impact, but that are beyond the academic remit.

  • Directorate: Alan Blackwell (Director of Research), David Good (Director of Research), Lara Allen (Director of Implementation and Impact), Sara Serradas Duarte (Programme Manager)
  • Advisory Council: Bhaskar Vira, Clare Grey, Erwin Reisner, John Clarkson, Koen Steemers, Nigel Unwin, Richard Fenner, Richard Friend, Pauline Rose, Robert Doubleday, Simon Goldhill, Tim Minshall
  • Interest Group Champions: Alexandre Kable, Alice Moncaster, Chris Whitney, Dora Pereira, Karishma Jain, Ljiljana Fruk, Manuel Eisner, Sharath Srinivasan, Shirley Jamieson, Stew McTavish,
  • Strategy Team: Alexandra Winkels, Carol Brayne, Caroline Trotter, Howard Griffiths, Isabelle de Wouters, Jenny Molloy, Jeremy Baumberg, Nicole Buckley, Shailaja Fennell

While our research agendas are led by senior academics, we are particularly committed to enabling the active participation of doctoral candidates and early career researchers. 


If you would like to join, please register 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 poorer half of the world’s population

  • Coordinator (Sara Serradas Duarte):
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