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The academic direction of the UCL Grand Challenges is led by Working Groups. Since the establishment of this Grand Challenge many researchers, external partners, alumni and supporters have contributed to its development.

Below are the details of all the current members of each working group for each Grand Challenge.

Cultural Understanding


As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the way we understand each other's religions, politics and heritage will determine how well we adapt to future challenges. UCL's Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding encompasses academics from across UCL and supports UCL researchers to make new and innovative collaborations across a range of disciplines and with external partners. At the same time, the programme's purpose is to see knowledge generated by research and scholarship at UCL achieve real-world influence. The group is coordinated by Siobhan Morris, siobhan.morris@ucl.ac.uk.

Co-Chairs

Professor Doug Bourn is the Director of the Development Education Research Centre in the UCL Institute of Education. The Centre acts as the hub for knowledge generation, new thinking and quality output on development education, global learning and global citizenship. Professor Bourn is also the course leader for the MA in development education.

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Professor Audrey Prost is the Director of the Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents, at UCL’s Institute for Global Health. Professor Prost received her PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London in 2004, followed by a Career Development Fellowship from the UK's Medical Research Council (2005-2008), during which she trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Professor Prost also contributes to the MSc in Global Health and Development. 

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Member

Affiliation

Evie Calder 

UCL Research, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Lizzie Cain 

UCL Culture, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Dr Tariq Jazeel 

Department of Geography, Social & Historical Sciences 

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul 

Institute of Child Health, Population Health Sciences 

Dr Jagjeet Lally 

Department of History, Social & Historical Sciences   

Siobhan Morris 

UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach 

Department of Anthropology, Social & Historical Sciences 

Dr Priti Parikh 

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Faculty of the Built Environment 

Dr James Paskins 

UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Dr Ian Scott 

UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Dr Uta Staiger 

European Institute, Laws 

Bryan Taylor 

Global Engagement, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Dr Helen Tsui 

Innovation & Enterprise, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

Katherine Welch 

UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Global Health 


    Members of the Working Group are drawn from academic units ranging from Population Health Sciences and Medical Sciences to the UCL Instititute of Education. The group is coordinated by Nina Quach, n.quach@ucl.ac.uk.

    Co-Chairs

    Professor Nora Groce, Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre at UCL, based in UCL Epidemiology & Public Health, is a medical anthropologist who works on issues of global health, international development and human rights, with a particular focus on global disability issues. Her research over the years has concentrated on vulnerable groups, with attention to the interface between persons with disability and access to adequate health care and inclusion in international development programs.

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    Professor Megan Vaughan is Professor of African History and Health in the Institute for Advanced Studies. Her work, which crosses disciplinary boundaries, has focused on the history of medicine and psychiatry in Africa, on the history of famine, food supply and gender relations and on slavery in the Indian Ocean region. She began her career at the University of Malawi and maintains strong links there and elsewhere in the region. She is committed to working collaboratively with African scholars and institutions and is a past President of the African Studies Association of the UK.

    > View Professor Vaughan's IRIS profile

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    MemberAffiliation

    Dr Ruth Bell 

    Institute of Health Equity, Population Health Sciences 

    Evie Calder 

    Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Helen Craig 

    Public Engagement, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins 

    Institute of Advanced Studies, Social & Historical Sciences 

    Dr Sahra Gibbon 

    Department of Anthropology, Social & Historical Sciences 

    Professor Sarah Hawkes 

    Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences 

    Sam Mardell 

    Division of Infection & Immunity, Medical Sciences 

    Professor Tim McHugh 

    Division of Infection & Immunity, Medical Sciences 

    Professor Moses Oketch 

    Education, Practice & Society, Institute of Education 

    Dr James Paskins 

    Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Marina Romanello 

    Institute for Global Health, Population Health Sciences 

    Dr Ian Scott 

    Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Katherine Welch 

    Public Policy, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu 

    Pharmaceutics, Life Sciences 

    Professor Haim Yacobi 

    Development Planning Unit, Built Environment 

    Human Wellbeing


    Members of the Working Group are drawn from academic units ranging from Population Health Sciences to the study of the built environment. The group is coordinated by Nina Quach, n.quach@ucl.ac.uk.

    Co-Chairs

    Dr Luiza Campos is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering. Luiza's research is centered in three main areas: design and evaluation of innovative water & wastewater/sanitation treatment technologies; adaption of sanitation/wastewater infrastructure to climate change; development of tools for sanitation systems risk assessment and decision making on wastewater/sanitation technology use/application.

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    Professor Helene Joffe is Professor of Psychology with research interests in how people conceptualise science, various risks and the liveability of cities. Helene utilises social representations theory in many of her studies and is a mixed methods researcher - using both qualitative and quantitative methods, sometimes in a complementary way, depending on the research question.

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    MemberAffiliation

    Dr Mukdarut Bangpan 

    Social Sciences, Institute of Education 

    Dr Henriette Bruun 

    Research Coordination and Planning, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Evie Calder 

    Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Paul Chadwick 

    Centre for Behaviour Change, Brain Sciences 

    Dr Nathan Davies 

    Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, Population Health Sciences 

    Dr Karen Groot 

    Populations and Lifelong Learning Domain 

    Niccola Hutchinson-Pascal 

    Centre for Co-production in Health Research, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Maria Kett 

    Institute of Epidemiology & Health, Population Health Sciences 

    Dr Fabiana Lorencatto 

    Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Brain Sciences 

    Dr James Paskins 

    Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Tejendra Pherali 

    Education, Practice & Society, Institute of Education 

    Dr Ian Scott 

    Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Karen Smith 

    Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Vice-President (Operations) 

    Dr Jacob Stougaard-Nielsen 

    Scandinavian Studies, Arts and Humanities 

    Professor Nick Tyler CBE 

    Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, Engineering 

    Katherine Welch 

    UCL Public Policy, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Helge Wurdemann 

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering 

    Justice and Equality


    Since its launch in 2016, UCL's Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality has worked to address how societal structures limit justice and sustain inequalities while considering radical solutions to tackle inequalities and change the status quo. The programme encompasses academics from across UCL and supports UCL researchers to make new and innovative collaborations across a range of disciplines. At the same time, the programme's purpose is to see knowledge generated by research and scholarship at UCL achieve real-world influence. The group is coordinated by Siobhan Morris, siobhan.morris@ucl.ac.uk. 

    Co-Chairs

    Professor Louise Archer is the Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL IOE and co-chair of the Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity. Her research focuses on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, ethnicity and social class. I have previously undertaken studies on topics such as British Muslim students' identities and educational experiences; working-class access and non-participation in higher education; the factors behind British Chinese students' educational success; urban students' who are at risk of 'dropping out' of schooling and more recently research on inequalities in science participation.

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    Professor Colm O’Cinneide is Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at UCL Laws. A graduate of University College Cork, he has published extensively in the field of comparative constitutional, human rights and anti-discrimination law. He has also acted as specialist legal adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Women & Equalities Committee of the UK Parliament, and advised a range of international organisations including the UN, ILO and the European Commission.

    > View more on Professor Colm O’Cinneide 

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    Member

    Affiliation

    Evie Calder 

    UCL Research, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement  

    Briony Fleming  

    UCL Culture, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Professor Nick Gallent 

    The Bartlett School of Planning, Faculty of the Built Environment  

    Professor Myriam Hunter-Henin 

    Faculty of Laws 

    Professor Gill Livingston 

    Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences 

    Lucie March 

    Widening Participation 

    Siobhan Morris 

    UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr James Paskins 

    UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Tom Pegram 

    Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy, Social & Historical Sciences 

    Dr Magda Raczynska 

    Faculty of Laws 

    Dr Ian Scott 

    UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Kartikeya Tripathi 

    Department of Security and Crime Science, Faculty of Engineering Science 

    Dr Helen Tsui 

    Innovation & Enterprise, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Katherine Welch 

    UCL Public Policy, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Saffron Woodcraft 

    Institute of Global Prosperity, Faculty of Built Environment 

    Sustainable Cities Working Group


    Research expertise in the working group comes from centres of expertise as diverse as education, engineering, urban planning and the environment. The group is coordinated by Sophie Mepham, sophie.mepham@ucl.ac.uk.

    Co-Chairs

    Professor Peter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development in the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Before joining UCL in 2005, Peter was director of the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the London Roads Task Force and Chair of the RGS-IBG Transport Geography Research Group. He is an Overseas Special Advisor to the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences, Japan, and a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Travel Survey Conference and a member of the Technical Committee of the South Africa Transport Conference. He has also acted as a consultant to Transport for London, the European Commission and several national and local governments.

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    UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

    Dr Barbara Lipietz is an Associate Professor in the Development Planning Unit. She directs DPU’s MSc in Urban Development Planning and convenes the DPU Research Cluster on Urban Transformations. She is part of the UCL Urban Lab Steering Committee and a member of the Urban Planning Advisory Group (UPAG) which reports to UNISDR's Special Representative of the Secretary-General. She is editor of the 'Forum' section of the journal CITY. She works with a number of international organisations including UNISDR, Habitat International Coalition (HIC), Metropolis, Just Space (London), the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR), the Community Architects Network (CAN), Homeless People's Federation and Community Initiatives (Tanzania), the Philippine Alliance, Spaces for Youth Development (Nigeria), Genre en Action and Alternatives Pour des Projets Urbains Ici et à l'International (APPUII).

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    Development Planning Unit

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    MemberAffiliation

    Dr Becca Burns 

    UCL Environment Domain, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Ellie Cosgrave 

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, Engineering Sciences 

    Prof Nick Gallent 

    The Bartlett School of Planning, Faculty of the Built Environment 

    Andrew Huddart 

    Principal Partnerships Manager (New Technologies, Energy & Engineering Sectors) 

    Richard Jackson 

    Sustainable UCL, UCL Estates 

    Professor Peter Jones* 

    Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, Engineering Sciences 

    Dr Avril Keating 

    UCL Institute of Education 

    Dr Barbara Lipietz 

    Development Planning Unit, Faculty of the Built Environment 

    Professor Florian Mussgnug 

    School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)  

    Dr Kat Nilsson 

    UCL Culture, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Ann Thorpe 

    UCL Innovation and Enterprise, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Dr Joanna Williams 

    The Bartlett School of Planning, Faculty of the Built Environment 

    Transformative Technology


    The working group is drawn from academic units ranging from Engineering to Life Sciences and Fine Arts. The group is coordinated by Sophie Mepham, sophie.mepham@ucl.ac.uk.

    Co-Chairs

    Professor Patty Kostkova (UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction) is Professor in Digital Health and the Director of UCL IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies. Patty was appointed ISI Foundation Fellow for her research into digital epidemiology. She was a consultant at WHO, ECDC, Telefonica and Foundation Merieux. Over two decades, Prof Kostkova is an internationally leading researcher in the novel interdisciplinary domain of digital public health.

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    Dr Jack Stilgoe conducts research on the governance of emerging technologies, including genetically modified crops, nanotechnologies, geoengineering, machine learning and self-driving cars. He is a Senior Lecturer in Social Studies of Science at University College London. He has spent his professional life in the overlap between science policy research and science policy practice at UCL, the think tank Demos, the Royal Society and the University of Exeter.

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    Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens (UCL Chemical Engineering) is Ramsay Memorial Professor in Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. He directs the EPSRC Frontier Engineering Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL, which applies this approach to engineering challenges related to sustainability and scalable manufacturing, in collaboration with colleagues from a broad variety of disciplines.

    View more on Marc-Olivier Coppens' IRIS profile 

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    MemberAffiliation

    Professor Jon Agar 

    Science & Technology Studies, [Faculty] 

    Dr Youngjun Cho 

    GDI Disability Hub & UCLIC 

    Louise Chisholm 

    eResearch Domain 

    Mollie Claypool 

    The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment 

    Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens 

    Chemical Engineering, Engineering Sciences  

    Dr Mutlu Cukurova 

    UCL Institute of Education 

    Dr Carina Fearnley 

    Science & Technology Studies, [Faculty] 

    Professor Patty Kostkova 

    Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, [Faculty] 

    Dr Zoe Laughlin 

    Institute of Making 

    Dr Ben Littlefield 

    UCL Culture, UCL Research Innovation & Global Engagement 

    Kieren Reed 

    The Slade School of Fine Art, Arts & Humanities 

    Dr Jack Stilgoe 

    Science & Technology Studies, [Faculty] 

    Professor Mark G. Thomas 

    Evolution and Environment, [Faculty] 

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