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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Global Challenges Initiative Members

Dr Adam Branch

African politics; Political violence; Foreign intervention; Popular resistance; Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Adeline Klotz

Magnetic resonance; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Dr Agnieszka Iwasiewicz-Wabnig

Science; Technology; Innovation; Brokering collaborations; Multi-disciplinary approaches; Maxwell Centre; Department of Physics; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Ajith Kumar Parlikad

Systems engineering; Asset management; Asset maintenance; Asset information and decision-making; Institute for Manufacturing (IfM); Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Professor Alan Blackwell (Director of Research)

Technology; Design; Data; Intelligence; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Dr Alexander Patto

Drinking Water, Water and Sanitation, WASH, Bacterial Contamination; Department of Physics; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Alexander Archibald

Climate Change; Clean Air; Data; Emissions; Human Health; Department of Chemistry; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Alexandre Kabla

Bioengineering; Mechanobiology; Large cell population dynamics; Cancer metastases; Wound healing; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Alexandra Grigore

ICT4D; Biometrics; Technology; Open-source

Dr Alexandra Winkels

Migration; Livelihoods; Vulnerability; Rural-urban; Climate risks; Centre of Development Studies; Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Alice Moncaster

Building resilience and adaptation; Sustainable construction; Building carbon and energy emission; Department of Architecture; School of Arts and Humanities

Professor Alison Smith

Industrial biotechnology; Algal-bacterial symbiosis; Waste remediation; Algal innovation centre; Biophotovoltaic devices; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

An Bao

Energy; Affordable lighting; Off-grid; Electricity; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Andrew Marsden

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF) technology; Monolithic MOF; Gas-storing materials; Materials research; Biophysics

Dr Anne Alexander

Leadership; Collective action; Social movements; Middle East; Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

Aris Vrettos

Sustainable business; Executive education programmes; Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Dr Arjuna Sathiaseelan

Digital Inclusion; Connectivity; ICT ecosystems; Infrastructures for the bottom billion; Frugal Innovation; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Professor Ashok Venkitaraman

Pancreatic cancer; Pathogenesis mechanisms; Small molecule therapeutics; Medical Research Council Cancer Unit; School of Clinical Medicine

Professor Ashwin Seshia

MEMS; Sensors; Energy harvesting; Gravity imaging; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Bhaskar Vira (Advisory Board)

Environmental and developmental economics; Political economy; Institutional change; Public policy in developing world; State-society interactions in development; Department of Geography; School of Physical Sciences

Professor Bill Clyne

Material thermo-mechanical behavior; Surface coating; Modeling; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Bjoern Hassler

Interactive pedagogy; Open Educational Resources; Digital technology; School education; Higher education; Faculty of Education; School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Carol Brayne (Advisory Board)

Ageing; Dementia; Public health, Sustainability of Systems, Population Lifecourse; Cambridge Institute of Public Health; School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Catherine Rhodes

Existential risk; Catastrophic risk; International governance; Science-policy interface; Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

Professor Cecilia Mascolo

Mobile and sensor systems; Mobility modelling; Mobile applications, Mobile data analysis; Data science; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Dr Charlotte Sausman

Health policy research; Policy implementation; Cambridge University Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative; Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Chris Sandbrook

Conservation and society; Political Ecology; Conservation market-based instruments; Department of Geography; School of Physical Sciences

Christian Boehm

Synthetic Biology: Plant reprogramming; Policy; Education; Climate Change; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Christiana Smyrilli

Water; Sanitation; Development; Gender; Infrastructure; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Professor Clare Grey (Advisory Board)

Materials and inorganic chemistry; Structure and dynamics; Rechargeable batteries; Battery and supercapacitor function; Fuel cell membranes; Department of Chemistry; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes

Socio-cognitive mechanisms; Social representations; Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR); Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys

Gallium nitride; Electron microscopy; High-temperature materials; Solid-state lighting; UV LEDs; Graphene; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Dai Morgan

Industrial Sustainability; Sustainable manufacturing; Systems Thinking; Transdisciplinarity; Institute for Manufacturing (IfM); Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dan Storisteanu

Technology; mHealth; Biometrics; ICT4D; Department of Medicine; School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Darshil Shah

Engineered wood and bamboo composites; Natural materials science; Natural materials technology; Centre for Natural Material Innovation; Department of Architecture; School of Arts and Humanities

Professor David Dunne (Advisory Board)

Schistosomiasis; Public health; Tropical medicine; Multidisciplinary research; Collaboration with African Universities; Department of Pathology; School of Biological Sciences

Dr David Fairen-Jimenez

Porous materials; Drug delivery; Biofuels; Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs); Renewable energy; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Dr David Good (Director of Research)

Interdisciplinary research; Skill development/assessment; Integrative complexity thinking; Department of Psychology; School of Biological Sciences

Dr Dongfang Liang

Hydrodynamics; Hydro-Environment; Flow instability; Combustion; Hydrocarbon recovery; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Dora Pereira

Nutritional deficiency; Iron deficiency; Dietary and supplemental Iron; Department of Pathology; School of Biological Sciences

Dr Eiko Yoneki

Digital Epidemiology; Complex Networks; Remote sensing; Infectious disease; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Elisabeth Liddle

Water supply; Groundwater; Systems-based analysis; Sub-Saharan Africa; Department of Engineering; School of Technology; Centre for Sustainable Development

Dr Elizabeth Wagemann

Housing in extreme situations; Prefabricated and modular designs; Department of Architecture; School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Erwin Reisner (Advisory Board)

Bioenergy; Energy storage; Artificial photosynthesis; Sustainable chemical conversion; Bio-inspired Chemistry; Department of Chemistry; School of Physical Sciences

Fung Sing Choi

Technology; Lighting; Solar power; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Giles Barton-Owen

Technology; Software; Design; Machine learning; Language processing; Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Han Cheng

Development politics; Knowledge production; Global South; China; Africa; Department of Geography; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Hatice Gunes

Human behaviour understanding; Affective computing; Social signal processing; Human-robot interaction; Social robotics; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Professor Howard Griffiths (Advisory Board)

Plant productivity; Food sources; Sustainable bioenergy; Diversity; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Dr Ingrid Schröder

Urbanism; Political thought; Civic Space; Department of Architecture; School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Ivan Reyna-Lorens

Crop productivity; C4 photosynthetic pathway; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Jacqueline Garget

Global food security; Natural capital sustainability; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Professor Jaideep Prabhu

Frugal innovation; Inclusive innovation; Sustainable growth; Responsible capitalism; Judge Business School; School of Technology

Dr Jagjit Srai

Technology; International supply chains; Sustainable supply chain design; Supply network design and capability; Value chain analysis and mapping techniques; Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Jake Reynolds

Economy; Private Sector; Investment; Insurance; Sustainability; Development; Health; Education; Conservation; Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Dr James Griffiths

Light emitting diodes; Photovoltaics; Electronics; III-nitrides; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Jat Singh

Privacy; Security; Technology-related policy; Cloud computing; Internet of Things; Computer Laboratory; School of Technology

Dr Jennifer Molloy

Synthetic biology; Open source; Open technologies, IP; Innovation; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer Schooling

Smart infrastructure; Sustainable infrastructure; Sustainable construction; Sensor technologies; Data management tools; Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC); Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Jenny Tillotson

Wearable Scent Technologies; Stress & Sleep Disorders; Biometric Sensing; Hybrid skin sensors; Design Research; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Professor Jeremy Baumberg (Advisory Board)

Nanoscience; Nanotechnology; Academia/industry interface; Department of Physics; School of Physical Sciences

Professor Jim Haseloff

Synthetic Biology; Plant reprogramming; Plant development and morphogenesis; Open sharing; Sustainable bioproduction; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Professor John Clarkson (Advisory Board)

Inclusive design; Healthcare design; Process management; Change management; Cambridge Engineering Design Centre; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr John Suberu

Pharmaceuticals; Green chemistry; Biopharmaceuticals; Sustainability; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Juan Sebastian Canavera Herrera

Adaptation; Climate change; Decision-making; Socio-technical systems; Roads; Department of Engineering; School of Technology; EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment

Professor Judith Driscoll

Green materials; Clean energy; Low power electronics; Sustainable manufacturing; Empowering women in technology; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Dr Julieta Galante

Mental health promotion; Meditation; Clinical trials methodology; Well-being, Non-violence; Department of Psychiatry; School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Karishma Jain

Nano; Energy harvesting; Microfluidics, Photovoltaics; Water filtration; EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)

Dr Karl Prince

Information and communication technologies (ICT); Mobile services; Technological innovation processes; Service innovation processes; Knowledge translation and management; Judge Business School; School of Technology

Kate Parsley

Research Operations; Translational Research; School of Biological Sciences

Dr Kayla Friedman

Built environment sustainability; Centre for Sustainable Development; Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Professor Koen Steemers (Advisory Board)

Buildings and cities; Environmental performance; Climate change; Human perception and behaviour; Health and wellbeing; Department of Architecture; School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Krishnaa Mahbubani

Probiotics; Intestinal delivery; Intestinal microbicides; Bile Adsorbing Resins; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Dr Lara Allen (Director of Implementation and Impact)

Co-creation; International development; Inequality; Conservation; Livelihoods

Laura Carnicero

Social innovation; Wicked problems; International development; Quality education; Judge Business School; School of Technology

Dr Laura James

Innovation; Technology; Engineering; Internet; Knowledge-led empowerment; ideaSpace; innovationLabs

Professor Lisa Hall

Biosensors; Optics; Electrochemistry; Protein engineering; Analytical biotechnology; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Dr Ljiljana Fruk

Bionanotechnology; Biosensor design; Bio-inspired materials; Water remediation; Science education; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Luke Braidwood

Maize; Virology; Agriculture; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Dr Maria Holgado

Industrial sustainability; Resource efficiency; Industrial symbiosis; Sustainable business models; Centre for Industrial Sustainability; Institute for Manufacturing; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Mariana Fazenda

Crops; Plants; Kowledge exchange; Innovation; Co-production; Department of Plant Sciences; School of Biological Sciences

Mariliis Tael-Oeren

Children’s substance use; Parents' attitudes; Alcohol consumption prevention program; Estonia; Department of Public Health and Primary Care; School of Clinical Medicine

Matt Mahmoudi

Social media for human rights; Government accountability; Enforcement of universal human rights; Contemporary global governance; Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR); School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Maximilian Bock

Materials; Education; Employment; Developing countries; Software tool; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Michael de Volder

Nanotechnology; Water filtration; Energy storage; Carbon nanotubes; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Michael Coto

Photocatalysis; Water disinfection; Dental treatment; Water splitting; Tanzania; Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; School of Physical Sciences

Professor Michael Barrett

Digital innovation; IT diffusion; Digital healthcare; Financial inclusion; Clean Energy; Judge Business School; School of Technology

Michael Meaney

Massive Open Online Courses; Education equality; Faculty of Education; School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Minna Lammi

Sustainability in consumer society; Consumer practices; Sustainable business models; Sustainable value creation; Social construction of consumption; Media and film; Institute for Manufacturing (IfM); Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Miranda Robbins

Tau trafficking; Antibodies; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Miying Yang

Business model of Big Data; Business opportunities in manufacturing Big Data; Capturing value from Big Data; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Mukesh Kumar

Risk management; Manufacturing; Resilience; Sustainability; Global food supply chains; Department of Engineering; School of Technology

Dr Nalin Patel

Semiconductor physics; Hybrid magnetic semiconductor system; Business development; Project managementDepartment of Physics; School of Physical Sciences

Nicola Buckley

Knowledge exchange; Policy; NGOs; Public engagement; Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)

Dr Nigel Collier

Natural Language Processing; Computational linguistics; Machine learning; Bioinformatics; Semantics; Faculty of English; Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages; School of Arts and Humanities

Oliver Vanderpoorten

Super-resolution microscopy; Two-photon microlithography; Microscopic lab on chip devices; Absorption spectroscopy; Electro optics; Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology; School of Technology

Professor Oren Scherman

Nano system synthesis; Polymer architectures; Dynamic supramolecular assemblies; Molecular recognition processes; Water-soluble and stimuli-responsive materials; Department of Chemistry; School of Physical Sciences

Orsolya Ihasz

Institutional theory; Institutional complexity; Hybrid organizing; Social entrepreneurship, Social innovation, Health and Education; Cranfield University

Professor Paul Tracey

Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Institutional change; Regional innovation; Social innovation; Judge Business School; School of Technology

Professor Pauline Rose (Advisory Board)

Educational inequality; Education financing; Education governance; State and non-state providers in education; Faculty of Education; School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Global Challenges Initiative 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.

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