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Global Challenges Institute

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Using LSBU's expertise to work towards meeting international Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Challenges Institute brings together LSBU’s expertise in health, sustainability, and justice to create solutions to globally relevant problems.

We aim to tackle global development challenges and to support the Sustainable Development Goals with a cross-disciplinary approach that combines science, engineering, law and the arts to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life of people in developing nations.

The major issues that our planet is facing are of a scale that no one institution or organisation can address on its own. They require the pooling and sharing of knowledge and experience across disciplines, institutions, and countries.

Academic research plays an important role in a changing world. We have selected a number of Global Challenges that we seek to address by means of our research and enterprise activities.

Our main objectives

  • Encourage and enable disruptive, creative thinking by our staff and our students that is catalytic and transformative and nurtures the development of radical new ideas and programmes for transformational impact on global problems
  • Maintain the comprehensive and strong disciplinary base and expertise necessary for the formation of cross-disciplinary communities engaged in problem-focused research and education, and adapt the focus of our activities in response to societal needs
  • Ensure that our problem-focused research and education are rooted in our ethical principles and commitment to generate and share knowledge for the benefit of humanity
  • Ensure that our research outputs are disseminated to an appropriately wide audience and that possibilities for co-creation of outputs are pursued where those will enhance impact

The sustainable development goals

An infographic of the Sustainable Development Goals motivating the Global Challenges Institute

LSBU focuses its resources on 3 Sustainable Development Goals:

3. Good Health and Wellbeing

  • Digital Health
  • Sustainable, functional and healthy food systems and products
  • Active living
  • Ageing population
  • Mental health
  • Addictive behaviours

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Smart spaces
  • Healthy spaces
  • Sustainable spaces
  • Community energy

16. Peace and Justice and Strong Institutions

  • Demographic change
  • Families and social capital
  • International development, emergencies and refugees
  • Policy research
  • Inequality
  • Education equality and sustainability


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