Welcome to our new Global Challenges Research Fellows

This month we welcome a group of new, GCRF-funded research fellows to our University as part of the £1.5 billion Government investment to ensure UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries.

Our 13 Global Challenge Research Fellows are based in all five faculties and are focussed on interdisciplinary collaborations across the University. From labour exploitation to global food security and tackling plastic waste, we’re excited to see the impact our new colleagues will have on some of the biggest and most challenging problems faced by those living in the Global South as they translate cutting edge research into local impact.

Funded by The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) our fellows have a unique opportunity to work with partners around the world. They will help address global issues within the 12 challenge areas set as priorities by the Research Councils, covering: Equitable Access to Sustainable Development; Sustainable Economies and Societies; and Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice. These areas are closely aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our Global Challenge Research Fellows to the University. These visionary researchers will be tackling some of the greatest global challenges. As we’re doing with flagship research institutes, this work will require true interdisciplinarity, collaboration and co-production. I know that our new fellows will really appreciate the insight and support of research colleagues from across the University. Thank you too to colleagues who are acting as mentors to our new fellows.”

Our Global Challenges Research Fellows

Meet the new fellows, read about their research and get in touch if you’d like to discuss working with them.

Click on the portraits to find out more about our research fellows:

Ellie Gore

Dr Alison Nwokeoji
Dr Mamadou Cissoko Dr Kang Lan Tee
Dr Sally Cawood Dr Naveen Devanga Ragupathi
Dr Jiban Kumar Karki Dr Elaine Hsiao
Dr Laura Martin Dr Sarita Panday
Dr Saikou Bah Dr Luke Whaley
Robert Caine