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

29 October 2015
The first meeting of the Advisory Group for the Assessing Business Impact for Development project took place on 14 October. The Group includes seven public funders and ten companies. The meeting...
  • Working with businesses
19 March 2015
For UKCDS, improved engagement between academia and the private sector is a key priority for the future of science for development. At the last UKCDS Board meeting in September 2014, it was agreed...
  • Working with businesses
12 March 2015
Since the May 2014 workshop, two UKCDS staff have been working closely with the DFID Growth and Climate, Energy and Water research teams to broker relationships with other funders around potential...
8 July 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been continuing to facilitate collaboration between UN and international science organisations concerning the role of science and technology in disaster risk reduction (DRR...
  • Post 2015
  • Research for disaster risk reduction
12 March 2015
There has been a lot going on in education systems research over the last year, all geared towards catalysing the growth of a community. The joint ESRC-DFID programme UKCDS helped to design -...
UNOPS, Russell Watkins_DFID
17 June 2014
On 29 May, UKCDS partnered with the Royal Academy of Engineering to host a roundtable for UK funders and research leaders to discuss the future opportunities in engineering research for international...
30 May 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been promoting the use of science in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and supporting a statement on an international science advisory mechanism at the UN Regional Platforms on...