Making science work for development


Our Research and Collaboration work recognises that development issues cannot be solved by people working in research silos. Development issues - such as climate change - are 'wicked problems' that require numerous approaches to tackle. Our Research Collaboration work is not just restricted to the research sector; NGOs and industry are increasingly playing a part in providing solutions to development problems.




The activities take place across three areas:

  • Academic - encouraging collaboration across disciplines
  • Academic/non-academic - fostering connections between academic/non-academics
  • Thematic - fostering networks in global health, sustainable development and disasters research

Our members have recognised the importance of cross-disciplinary research and leading funding calls that encourage researchers and non-researchers to reach beyond the boundaries of their subject areas.

What we do:

UKCDS brings together our members and interested stakeholders to;

  • Identify research gaps and nexus problems
  • Share knowledge and best practice in thematic areas
  • Advise on developing cross-disciplinary research collaborations
  • Raise the profile of development challenges among the wider research community 
  • Organise and host events on behalf of our members to share collaborative opportunities

UKCDS Outputs:

  • Health Funders Forum (HFF) - convenes twice a year. HFF brings together eight health funders in the UK. It is a closed group to share, learn, look at join-up/ensure approaches are complementary.
  • Disasters Research Group (DRG) - convenes twice a year. DRG brings together UK research funders or experts linked to international disaster reduction initiatives to promote coordination, networking and collaboration opportunities at the UK and international level.
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Latest updates

3 July 2012
Disaster risk management in the post-2015 international policy landscape – In July 2012, UKCDS in collaboration with ODI ran a workshop for stakeholders to come together to identify opportunities to...
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
1 May 2011
NERC, DFID, AHRC and EPSRC, members of the UKCDS working group on disasters, funded a review in 2011 of international funding support for research on the societal impacts of natural hazards, with a...
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
1 July 2010
In October 2010, UKCDS co-hosted a one-day conference to coincide with the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction Research. The event brought together over 150 NGOs, researchers and policy to...
  • Capacity
  • Collaboration
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
21 June 2012
Co-sponsored by UKCDS, Oxford University hosted the first International Conference on Water Security, Risk and Society on 16-18 April 2012, bringing together over 200 of the world’s leading thinkers...
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Post 2015