Making science work for development

Mapping UK engineering capacity for international development

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. Despite notable instances of thought leadership from the UK engineering research community, a number of pieces of evidence indicate that the UK research base could have more of an impact.

Following this, the Secretariat and Royal Academy of Engineering jointly commissioned a quantitative and qualitative mapping of the research base. The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University will complete this in September 2013, and the findings will inform research funding strategies, and the support that funders and other stakeholders put in place to best transfer UK research from laboratories to where it can impact on development outcomes.

  • Energy and engineering