Questions to consider are how could your current work be applied to development contexts? Could you partner with someone who needs your skills in a different discipline or another country?
Development research seeks to alleviate poverty and improve people’s health and wellbeing. ‘Traditional development’ approaches are still needed to improve access to sanitation, drinking water, electricity and to support people affected by conflict. However, the challenges that low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face are increasingly complex, sometimes similar to those in richer countries, and researchers and governments in LMICs are already utilising technological and social innovations adapted to their populations.
Good places to get ideas for where more research is needed are talking to colleagues and reading our REF impact case studies, the Sustainable Development Goals, and 50 Breakthroughs: the critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development. Having the right partners is vital to make sure whatever you work on will be appropriate to the context and have impact, read our partnership resource page to learn more.
Beyond research there are many different ways that you can utilise your skills and expertise, including advising policy makers or training scientists. This DFID guide to ‘research uptake’ is a good place to start to think about activities that can facilitate the use of research and the ODI Roma Guide is a toolkit for policy engagement and influence.
What counts as a “low- or middle-income country (LMIC)”?