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UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction (GCII): About Our Work

The UCL Research Strategy defines Grand Challenges: those areas in which we are facilitating cross-disciplinary interaction – within and beyond UCL – and applying our collective strengths, insights and creativity to overcome problems of global significance.

The UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction (GCII) aims to examine the causes and features of social and cultural diversity, assess their implications and devise new ways to think about them. 

Find out more below, or explore Getting Involved.

UCL Grand Challenges and the UCL Research Strategy

UCL Grand Challenges – which also include Global Health, Sustainable Cities and Human Wellbeing – is the mechanism through which concentrations of specialist expertise across UCL and beyond can be brought together to address aspects of the world's key problems. They also provide an environment in which researchers are encouraged to think about how their work can intersect with and impact upon global issues. 

UCL Grand Challenges is a central feature of the UCL Research Strategy, which aims to:

  • cultivate leadership founded in excellence
  • foster cross-disciplinarity grounded in expertise
  • realise the impact of a global university.

GCHW Themes

  • Human Behaviour
  • Measuring Wellbeing
  • Science, Medicine & Society
  • Technology and Wellbeing

GCHW Rationale & Working Definition

Read a rationale for UCL's Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing (pdf) or a summary document (pdf), as well as a working  definition of human wellbeing (doc) by James Wilson, Lecturer in Philosophy and Health at UCL.

GCHW Executive Group

  • Chair: Prof Nick Tyler (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)
  • Secretary: Michael Reade (UCL Grand Challenges)
  • Dr Henriette Bruun (SLASH Research Facilitation, Office of the UCL Vice-Provost Research)
  • Dr Beverey Butler (UCL Archaelogy)
  • Dr Eric de Silva (UCL Institute of Biomedical Engineering)
  • Dr Sinead Kennedy (BEAMS, Office of the UCL Vice-Provost Research)
  • Prof Susanne Kord (UCL German)
  • Dr Jacob Leveridge (SLASH Research Facilitation, Office of the UCL Vice-Provost Research) 

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