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Global Challenges Initiative

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

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Nicola Buckley

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

Nicola BuckleyNicola Buckley is the Associate Director of the Policy Fellowship Programme run by the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP). 

Her experience in developing academic and policy networks, in public engagement with University- generated knowledge and in fundraising can impact the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people through making connections between policy makers from international organisations, NGOs and academics at the University of Cambridge, facilitating knowledge exchange and the application of University research for the benefit of communities in need worldwide.

Nicola’s motivation to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in the Global Challenges Forum is based on her knowledge of the potential for research from the University of Cambridge to have positive impact in communities worldwide. Nicola’s work at the Centre for Science and Policy brings her into contact with cutting-edge research at the University. Shaping the development of 21st century technologies is an important challenge, to help redress tendencies for new technologies to benefit the world’s rich disproportionately. An author she has recently found to be very thought-provoking on the impact of new technologies is Yuval Noah Harari, for example his book “Homo Deus”.


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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