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International Development Research @ Cambridge


The Cambridge Global Challenges (CGC) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) is run by a group of SRI Leads, governed by a Steering Group of University of Cambridge senior academics and research facilitators and supported by Interest Group Champions around particular areas of expertise.

  • Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) Leads: Alan Blackwell (Director), David Good (Director), Sara Serradas Duarte (Programme Management)
  • Steering Group: Alexandra Winkels, Bhaskar Vira, Carol Brayne, Caroline Trotter, Clare Grey, Erwin Reisner, Howard Griffiths, Isabelle de Wouters, Jeremy Baumberg, John Clarkson, Lara Allen, Nicola Buckley, Nigel Unwin, Pauline Rose, Richard Fenner, Richard Friend, Robert Doubleday, Rosalyn Gregory, Shailaja Fennel, Tim Minshall
  • Interest Group Champions: Alexandre Kable, Christopher Whitney, Jennifer Molloy, Karishma Jain, Ljiljana Fruk, Manuel Eisner, Sharath Srinivasan, Shirley Jamieson, Stewart McTavish

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. Over 400 researchers from across the University and their collaborators  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 works with implementation partners for the research-for-development projects that it facilitates and supports. These partners deliver the key R&D diffusion processes required for academic research to achieve its intended impact in developing countries.


If you would like to join, please register here.

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.


Contact us

Programme Manager (Sara Serradas Duarte):​