UCLan Research Centre for Global Development - C4Globe

global development

The UCLan Research Centre for Global Development brings together existing, successful centres and research teams from all subject disciplines to develop robust, equitable research partnerships that address major societal challenges. All research proposals and activities will be co-created with international partners and communities, upholding the values of fairness, respect, care and honesty.

Research for the Real World, which leaves no one behind

The Centre’s vision links with the prominent UCLan maxim, Innovative thinking for the real world, and is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are embodied within the UN 2030 agenda.  A key commitment of this agenda is to “leave no-one behind”, meaning that the needs of those most marginalised and disadvantaged will be prioritised.  We seek to promote transdisciplinary partnerships to undertake research with impact according to the context specific priorities.

Meet the C4Globe’s Steering Committee:

Prof Nicola Lowe


Our maxim can best be promoted by mission-driven colleagues with an activist as well as a pragmatic approach. That’s what the team is like.

Dr. Kate Chatfield


The Centre is about global development and co-creation, not the one-way learning of the South from the North. C4Globe builds equitable research partnerships.

Prof Doris Schroeder


To link one of the oldest ethics research centres in Europe into ongoing efforts to address humanity’s challenges is a privilege. 

Prof Fiona Dykes


Leaving no one behind means concentrating research efforts on the most vulnerable, which is why my group works on maternal and infant health.

Prof Carol Wallace


The need for urgent action to address global challenges has never been greater; research needs to play its part.

C4Globe team at the Sandpit event

In January 2020, the C4Globe team took part in a Sandpit event to develop multi-team, interdisciplinary research proposals.
For photos of the event click here.


In October 2019, the BIZIFED2 team travelled to Islamabad to share findings, review progress so far and discuss our plans for the next 18 months. 
For more info click here

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Examples of work completed through GCRF funding can be found here.

To find out more please contact Professor Nicola Lowe or Dr Kate Chatfield.