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

24 July 2013
In 2012, the UKCDS Secretariat convened a cross-Government group to explore whether UK engineering research is playing its full potential in enhancing the UK contribution to international development...
  • Energy and engineering
24 July 2013
The UKCDS Secretariat supports and contributes to the Global Food Security programme. The UK’s main public funders of food-related research are working together through the Global Food Security...
  • Food security
22 July 2013
The UK's new agricultural technologies strategy was published today. The UK agricultural science base has a strong track record in delivering innovative solutions to development challenges. This...
  • Food security
2 April 2013
DFID, DECC and EPSRC decided to jointly fund research on energy and international development, recognising an opportunity to fund excellent research that met shared knowledge needs. The Secretariat...
  • Energy and engineering
1 April 2013
The European Report on Development (ERD) seeks to play a catalytic role in feeding the development debate, enhancing and refining the EU’s perspective on development, and bridging the gap between...
  • Post 2015
19 February 2013
On 19 February 2013 UKCDS and the Royal Academy of Engineering co-hosted a roundtable for academics in engineering research for development. Chaired by UKCDS Board Member Professor John Perkins, this...