Making science work for development

Landscape analysis

Our Research Landscape analysis work aims to understand current trends and future priorities in research for development. Our members recognise that mapping and analysis is required to ensure the UK is investing in the right way to ensure maximum impact on development outcomes.


The activities take place across two areas:

  • Mapping, foresight and analysis on research landscapes and systems
  • Analysis of the UK's role in research for development

What we do:

UKCDS works with members and partners across the globe to:

  • Identify trends affecting the research for development landscape
  • Understand push and pull factors affecting research for development
  • Identify major funders and funding trends in thematic areas such as agriculture

UKCDS Outputs:

  • CGIAR mapping work to be published soon.
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Latest updates

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...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Post 2015
29 November 2013
To reduce the risks from future disasters, evidence based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions should be underpinned by a robust and rigorous assessment of the risk to natural hazards. However...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
28 September 2013
This note provides a summary of information from UKCDS’ meeting with Lisa Reilly of the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF). It highlights the work of EISF and provides guidance on questions...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Making science work for development
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...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Energy and engineering
18 March 2014
The MRC has recently published it’s refreshment of the Strategic Plan: Research Changes Lives 2014-2019, this can be found on their website. Research Changes Lives 2014 - 2019 continues MRC’s...
  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Global health
  • Health and development
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....
  • Landscape analysis
  • Post 2015
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...