Making science work for development

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is essential if basic human needs are to be met without compromising global resources and the quality of life for future generations.

UKCDS member organisations fund research that addresses the underpinning requirements of sustainable development, from predicting climate change and protecting natural resources for food and water security to developing low carbon energy.

The UKCDS Secretariat works with UK funders to share information, showcase their work and facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to address the complex challenges of sustainable development.

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Latest updates

28 May 2014
As described in the last engineering update, the UKCDS Secretariat has been working with DFID to map the engineering for development research base. This mapping analysed who was winning competitive...
15 May 2014
UKCDS is aiming to keep members and stakeholders aware of the international negotiations towards the UN's post-2015 sustainable development goals and targets. The Secretariat is therefore maintaining...
  • Post 2015
16 April 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been exploring what the data revolution will mean for development and how the uses of data, including the growing demand for public accountability, can enrich UK science's...
  • Post 2015
9 April 2014
Infrastructure is recognised as a key driver of economic growth and, especially in Africa,  improved regional integration. Yet infrastructure for sustainable development suffers from a poor...
  • Energy and engineering
18 March 2014
Major programmes into education research for international development have been launched, with funders such as DFID and ESRC calling for world-class and cutting-edge policy-relevant research that...
  • Education systems