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

21 October 2016
UKCDS has identified five key trends that will drive the research for development landscape over the coming decade, based on interviews and research. Responding to these trends will require new...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Funding and collaboration
  • The Global Impact of UK Research
28 September 2016
The UKCDS-USES Energy for Development workshop gathered over 80 delegates from academia, policy, business and funding organisations across sectors and disciplines to discuss the funding landscape and...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Energy and engineering
  • Funding and collaboration
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...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Energy and engineering
9 February 2015
UKCDS has completed a mapping of over 300 global initiatives which aim to strengthen health research in low- and middle-income countries. This exercise was undertaken to inform discussions of the MRC...
  • Capacity
  • Landscape analysis
  • Global health
  • Health and development
  • Capacity strengthening
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...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Working with businesses
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 -...
  • Impact
  • Landscape analysis
  • Education systems
11 March 2015
On 14 - 18 March, the Third World Conference on DRR is taking place in Sendai, Japan. UN states will agree the Post-2015 Framework for DRR, which will replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action (...
  • Landscape analysis
  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction