UK research has contributed to the wealth and well-being of every nation in the world. This is one of the messages from a number of studies that have published their results...
Alex Gwyther explains how UK research can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and why collaboration is more important than ever.
As most of our readers will probably know, this week has been a biggie for global development. Over the past couple of days the United Nations have been agreeing the Sustainable Development Goals (see IIED’s excellent video for a quick explanation).
Views on the value of the Goals range from optimistic to erring more on the side of cynical, but I’m at least finding it rewarding to see development receive so much public attention, and be given a valid excuse to once again try and explain to my friends what I do. In celebration of the SDGs we’ve published our top 20 stories of UK research contributing to global development.
Working at UKCDS gives you a privileged insight into the incredible range, quality and impact of UK development research. Not least because this year (incidentally the International Year of Evaluation) saw the release of a massive database of almost 7,000 case studies on the wider impacts of UK research. It was created as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF): the system which assesses the quality of research across all UK universities.
We’ve been plumbing the depths of this database to see what we can learn about development research in particular. We did a rapid analysis of the “who, what and where?”, and discovered interesting details on topics like the most common research topics or areas of impact. We’ve now used the database to choose our top 20 stories that show the global impact of UK research. The beauty of these stories is that – with a bit of imagination – they act as examples of research around (almost) every one of the new Goals.
Below are some of the Goals, click on the titles to be taken to the relevant impact story: