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GCRF Livestock Health for Poverty Alleviation Hub
Principal Investigator: Prof Eric Morgan
Livestock are critically important for many communities in LMIC, but support for animal health is often focused on enabling trade at large scale. We seek to develop and apply better ways of supporting smallholder livestock health to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and increase resilience at multiple levels. We seek partners especially in the social science of technology uptake in such systems, as well as NGOs and policy makers interested in upscaling bottom-up approaches to healthy and productive livestock through improved disease control, nutrition and viable genetic improvements.
GCRF Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (RISC)
Principal Investigator: Prof Paul van Gardingen
More people now live in cities and urban areas than any other; the imperative to improve the lives of all urban dwellers has never been greater. By 2030 globally, around 1 billion more people will live in cities resulting from the combination of population growth and urban migration. The provision of resilient, inclusive and sustainable future cities to address these expanded populations is an example of a multidimensional and complex development challenge that requires radical new thinking.
Whilst the increasing rate of urbanisation creates many well-documented problems, it also creates opportunities for transformative change. Responding to this challenge, the GCRF Hub for Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (RISC) will provide world-class interdisciplinary research to drive the transformation of cities of the future in low and middle income countries.
We are actively seeking partnerships in cities in low and middle income countries. In response to the universality of the SDGs, we also welcome partnerships in any high income city able to cover their own costs.
GCRF Indian Ocean Plastic Pollution Research Hub
Principal Investigator: Professor Susan Jobling
Brunel University London along with Imperial College, Exeter University, Plymouth University and Kings College London are seeking international partners to develop “The GCRF Indian Ocean Plastic Pollution Research Hub”. It is envisaged that the hub will develop and deliver a science research, knowledge transfer and innovation programme to address key knowledge, capability and communication gaps critical to understanding and reversing the impacts of plastic pollution on the sustainability and growth of the Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean. The hub will also fuel the creation of innovative materials, technologies, products and services to “stem the plastic tide”.
The hub will work closely with NGOs to provide underpinning evidence to support real change in government policies, industrial practices and in consumer behaviour in key countries bordering the Indian Ocean basin. The hub will build towards coordinating global research and innovation efforts on the plastic pollution issue, working through a hub-and-spoke structure that drives interconnectivity between industry, government, research, educational institutions, and citizens the world over. The ultimate aim is to transform current and future efforts to tackle the intractable challenges of plastic pollution, and support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals on Health (3), Industry (9), Consumption and Production (12), and Life Below Water (14).
We need core international academic partners, as well as stakeholders and partners from government NGO’s and research organisations in the Indian Ocean or with interests/research collaborations in the Indian Ocean to be part of our research hub.
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GCRF Uranium and Metal Mining Remediation Hub
Principal Investigator: Melissa A. Denecke
Seeking collaboration with person(s) involved in mining policy and regulation in ODA listed countries for the following project aim: Remove deficits (in policy, regulation, economies, expertise, technologies, infrastructure, and stakeholder support) that are prohibitive to remediation of contaminated legacy mining and milling sites that pose risks to the environment and human health, and establish best practice to avoid future contamination to promote sustainability.
Homes for the displaced
Principal Investigator: Prof. David Coley
The hub will look for sustainable ways to house displaced populations. Be it in refugee camps or on the outskirts of cities. Be their displaced by war, natural disaster or economics. It will use a mix of engineering, social network theory and social science.
GCRF Clean Air for Sustainable Growth Hub
Principal Investigator: Prof. Kai Luo
Air pollution is an intractable global problem. Despite lessons learnt from London’s pea soup fog caused by coal burning and Los Angeles’s smog due to vehicular emissions, almost every developing country has fallen into the trap of severe air pollution and environmental damage with economic development. This is due to the fact that the sources of air pollution lie in industry, transport, heating, cooking and agriculture, that is, almost every aspect of the economy. The problems and solutions thus vary from country to country, region to region, and city to city.
GCRF Rural Energy Transformation Hub
Principal Investigator: Prof. David Ingram
Our focus is on transforming the energy system for poor, off-grid, communities in remote locations by using a combination of wind, solar and flowing water to provide a micro-grid based energy system. The primary target of this work is UN Global Challenge no 7 "Affordable and Clean Energy", though we plan to have direct consequent activities on challenges 3 and 6. As a whole this project will through partnership address challenges 8, 13 and 17.
Meeting the unique challenge of treating developing world cancers
Principal Investigator: Prof. David Bates
The emergence of cancers in the developing world that are invariably lethal and generally is becoming an existential threat to the development of the global economy. In low and middle income countries (LMIC) cancer rates are rising faster, mortality rates are higher, and cancers have different drivers (immune deficiencies, environmental pollution, infections and different genetics) than in high income countries (HIC).
Cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatments come from HIC, where targeted therapies, immunotherapies and vaccination are transforming survival rates. In LMICs cancer strikes earlier, in economically active people in their 30s- 50s, is diagnosed later, and is rarely stratified or treated with modern targeted therapies. This lack of modern cancer care in LMIC is going to coincide with the availability of targeted therapies in generic form at low cost. So in the next five years the drugs will be there, but no-one will know whether they work, who to give them to, or how to manage them. The consequence will be rising, unnecessary cancer mortality across large stretches of the word, particularly in the tropics, where infection, immune deficiency and environmental causes coincide.
To address this issue, we propose to develop a GCRF Cancer Treatment Hub that will be able to implement location-appropriate, economically viable, innovative solutions to a currently intractable problem – how to meet the challenge of treating developing world cancers.
This Hub will focus on early detection, stratification and personalised medicine. The objectives are
We are looking for health economists, technology specialists for field based diagnostics, bioethicists and innovators in clinical trial design to join the hub application.