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

18 March 2014
In 2013, the UKCDS Secretariat and the Royal Academy of Engineering commissioned a mapping of the UK research base in engineering for international development (see this update). The 2013 mapping –...
  • Energy and engineering
10 February 2014
On 10 February UKCDS hosted a workshop exploring how complexity science might be incorporated into international development. Speakers included Sir John Beddington, Ben Ramalingam and Philip Ball....
Education Systems Town Hall
23 January 2014
On Thursday 23 January 2014, UKCDS hosted an 'Education Systems Town Hall' which saw five leading research funders unpack their strategies for education research in international development. Senior...
1 August 2013
This rapid review, commissioned by DFID, was produced in May 2013 to inform the shape of a potential research programme on education systems
1 August 2013
Science and the post-2015 development agenda As 2015 gets closer, the UN plans to extend the good work started with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000. Policy-makers at the heart of this...
  • Post 2015