Addressing global challenges through our disciplinary excellence and distinctive cross-disciplinary approach

UCL quad (Principle themes)


Our commitment to innovation and relevance, our home in the heart of a global capital and the breadth and depth of our expertise offer us a unique opportunity to address the most important problems confronting humanity in the 21st century. Launched in the late 2000s, the UCL Grand Challenges – of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing – are the flagship embodiment of our institutional commitment to provide wise solutions to global challenges.

Cross-disciplinary interaction – bringing together varied disciplinary expertise and different theoretical perspectives – makes our subject-specific expertise greater than the sum of its parts. We have been successful in supporting academic and research staff who seek to overcome the considerable barriers to collaboration across disciplines in their research, innovation and educational activities. We hold that such cross-disciplinary activity produces greater understanding of, and novel insights into, the complex problems of the modern world. We will share these findings in compelling ways to inform the development of solutions.

Professor Glen Jeffery leading research trip to Norway