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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 and governed by a Steering Group of University of Cambridge senior academics and research facilitators and by an External Advisory Boards of leaders from different sectors in the Global South.

  • Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) Leads: Alan Blackwell (Director), Pauline Rose (Director), Sara Serradas O'Holleran (Research Strategy and Management)
  • Steering Group: Alexandra Winkels, African Society of Cambridge University (2021/22: Cynthia Okoye and Stephen Ajadi), Bhaskar Vira, Carol Brayne, Caroline Trotter, Christopher Whitney, Clare Grey, Clare Woodcraft, Emma Mawdsley, Erwin Reisner, Frank Tietze, Howard Griffiths, Jeremy Baumberg, John Clarkson, Lara Allen, Manuel Eisner, Mike Rands, Nigel Unwin, Renata Schaeffer, Richard Fenner, Robert Doubleday, Ronita Bardhan, Rosalyn Gregory, Shailaja Fennel, Sharath Srinivasan, Stephen Davidson
  • External Advisory Board: Ese Emerhi (Global Fund for Community Foundations), Mizan Khan (International Centre for Climate Adaptation and Development and Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change), Nyovani Madise (African Institute for Development Policy), Shedden Masupe (Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation), Tassew Woldehanna (Addis Ababa University), Yamini Aiyar (Centre for Policy Research)

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. 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 600 members (researchers from across the University and their collaborators in the Global South)  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.


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.


Contribute to Cambridge's response to COVID-19 in the Global South

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):​.