UCL Grand Challenges


Catalysing Research

Catalysing Research is one of six themes in the Grand Challenges, Grand impacts exhibition.

We want to support the growth of new research partnerships and enable collaboration across disciplines. From seed funding to networking, workshops and mentoring, here are some of the ways we make change happen.

Featured case studies

Grey Areas: ‘Declared Void II’ copyright Carey Young

Grey Areas: Between Art and the Law

Shaping public and professional understandings of law through fine art. Image copyright Carey Young.

-Sum: Freetown, Sierra Leone: copyright Roberto Encini/iStock

Accelerating the Uptake of Sustainable Urban Transport Policies and Land Use Planning

'Accelerating the Uptake of Sustainable Urban Transport Policies and Land Use Planning in the Global South' asks if rapidly growing cities can 'leapfrog' car-oriented mobility. Image copyright Roberto Encini/iStock


Crisis Translation: Measuring health communications with disaster-affected communities

Identifying fundamental problems of multilingual communication that affect disaster scenarios and crisis response.

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Preventing a Post-antibiotic Future

The global challenge of antimicrobial resistance, global solutions, global governance.

Putting together puzzle pieces

Removing Boundaries

Partnerships between universities and communities can help address urgent social issues. 

Microbial Buildings: copyright SouthWorks/iStock

Microbial Buildings: A Radically New Approach To Sustainable Buildings Using Beneficial Microbes

A Special Initiative project funded by UCL Grand Challenges and Environment Domain. Image copyright SouthWorks/iStock.

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The Humanities and the SDGs

Exploring the contribution of the humanities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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A Global Economy That Works for People and the Planet – How Do We Get There?

Convening cross-disciplinary community of scholars and policy experts to explore concrete policy pathways towards net-zero economies.