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Global Challenges Research

Addressing Global Challenges with locally owned solutions is a key priority for Brunel University London. Research informed by the needs of society, delivered through research programmes co-created with the intended beneficiaries and stakeholders, is at the heart of our approach. Our Global Challenges research objective is to create new knowledge and drive innovation to develop more equitable access to sustainable development.

Research opportunities for students 

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students.  

Research focus in Global Challenges

Research Centres and Groups tackling global challenges

Browse our research projects



Brunel holds one of the largest portfolios of Newton Fund grants in the UK underpinning our research in Global Challenges. We also collaborate on many other international projects funded by UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, UKAID (DFID), British Council, the EU, the UN Systems and others.

Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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