UCL Research


Global impact of UCL research

As London’s Global University, UCL is not only recognised for its academic excellence but in particular, its global impact. This page details how UCL research is making a difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Global Health at UCL

UCL's work in Global Health has incredible breadth and depth - spanning all faculties and departments of the University. Details of the prominent centres of global health research within UCL can be found on the Global Health at UCL website, along with other useful related resources and information.

How UCL research is improving lives in LMICs

Through a collaborative effort by UCL academics, we are collecting impact success stories that show how UCL research is improving the lives of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs). These stories demonstrate the impact of research projects with partnerships in LMICs, from introducing a new approach to research on heritage, history and the humanities to improving access to education and tackling global health issues.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UCL’s community is also playing a leading role in responding to the challenges set out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Explore how UCL is helping to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals through the case studies below, and on the UCL Sustainable Development Goals website.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

In the academic year 2020-21, approximately £1.6 million was awarded to UCL researchers through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): UCL Internal Small Grants call, to support Official Development Assistance (ODA) compliant research. Discover more about the projects recommended for support:

Case studies



i-RESIST has piloted the development of an advanced and harmonised risk and resilience assessment framework for school infrastructure in Indonesia, subjected to cascading earthquake-tsunami hazards.


Nahrein Network

The Nahrein Network has pioneered a new approach to research on heritage, history and the humanities in Iraq and its neighbours by supporting locally-led, interdisciplinary research on its sustainable economic and/or social benefits.



The ORNATE India programme tests novel patient screening pathways, validates technologies focusing on AI and biomarkers, and evaluates overall feasibility, compatibility and cost effectiveness, with a view to global translation and reverse innovation.

EVE project work in Amantani, Peru

EVE project

The Evidence for Violence prevention in the Extreme (EVE) Project explores the community, national and global factors that have contributed to higher rates of violence in some parts of the world, through two case studies in the Peruvian Andes and Samoa.

Damage to Pichelin village from Hurricane Maria (2017)

Multi-hazard Hurricane & Epidemic Risk Assessment in Dominica

The Multi-hazard Hurricane & Epidemic Risk Assessment in Dominica project aims to protect economic development and promote health and social welfare in Dominica through multi-criteria risk assessment.

Dry, cracked soil

Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate

The Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate project aims to strengthen the contribution of universities in addressing the causes and impacts of climate change in Brazil, Fiji, Kenya and Mozambique.

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Tackling Vaccine Hesitancy in Turkey

Understanding the causes of vaccine hesitancy in Turkey and identifying trusted health promotion messages to design effective public health messaging.

Arial photo of Accra, Ghana

Diabetes & Multimorbidity

Designing, implementing and testing prevention and control strategies for diabetes and associated multimorbidities in Bangladesh, Ghana, and South Africa.