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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.

Global Challenges Research Networks

We tackle Global Challenges through world leading inter-disciplinary research and international partnerships. To further develop and focus our expertise in these fields, Brunel has developed two Global Challenge networks. The Plastics in Society Research and Innovation Hub works with collaborators in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Thailand to create methodologies, technologies and sustainable solutions to address the growing plastic pollution catastrophe in the Indian Ocean region – now a global crisis. The Sustainable Protected Horticulture Network works with collaborators in India, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to develop sustainable technologies through the various links across all parts of the food chain to improve agricultural productivity and food waste.


Sustainable Protected Horticulture Network

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Due to new farm management practices and support from the university we could increase our yield and better manage our resources. Lean helps us to see the whole process clearly and act efficiently.
Kajoogo Yoweri,Farmer, Uganda


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.

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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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