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Global Challenges Initiative

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

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Executive Committee

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 Alexandre Kabla

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

Dr Alice Moncaster

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

Dr Dora Pereira

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

Dr Jennifer Molloy

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

Dr Karishma Jain

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

Dr Ljiljana Fruk

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

Dr Mukesh Kumar

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

Nicola Buckley

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

Stewart McTavish

Cluster theory; Startup models; Co-working and community spaces; Innovation management; Funding for high growth ventures; Department of Engineering; School of Technology; ideaSpace; innovationLabs

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.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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