Imperial College London: Imperial’s Global Development Hub to maximise impact of research on society

The Global Development Hub is to play a key role in maximising the impact of the College’s research in society and the developing world.

The Hub has been added as one of the College’s seven Academic Strategy Projects to bring together Imperial’s community to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Hub will accelerate the global impact of Imperial’s world-leading research, education and innovation, engage with the United Nations Sustainable Agenda 2030, and work with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in societies where multiple global challenges are acutely concentrated.

A new report detailing Imperial’s diverse contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been released.

Imperial’s Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley said: “Pursuing world-leading research and education for the benefit of society has always been at the heart of Imperial’s mission.

“The Global Development Hub will help Imperial’s research have a lasting impact on planning for the challenges of sustainable development that the world will be facing over the next century.

“The Hub will focus on some of the most pressing needs of our societies including climate change and pollution, global epidemics such as COVID-19 and Malaria, world hunger and access to clean water.

“As a key investment in our Academic Strategy, the Hub will enable us to realise our ambition to deliver transformative impact on a global scale.”

Working with global partners
Spanning the College’s work across research, education and innovation, the report examines the range of ways that Imperial is working with partners across the world to co-create solutions to intractable international development issues. It aims to identify practicable pathways to healthier and safer lives, sustainable development and social progress.

“We have much to learn from our global partners and friends and so I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with new partners on this pathway.”
Professor Maggie Dallman
Vice President (International)
Vice President (International) Professor Maggie Dallman, said: “Institutions like Imperial have a vital role to play in addressing the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the challenges that lie beyond them.

“Sustainable global development requires a holistic, systems approach that can only be achieved through equitable and innovative partnerships that engage and convene a diverse range of actors, including those who are most vulnerable to global challenges.

“The College’s Global Development Hub will draw on Imperial’s excellent convening power, systems approach and multidisciplinary expertise to build new communities of practice across sectors and disciplines and provide a vital connection point for building partnerships. We have much to learn from our global partners and friends and so I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with new partners on this pathway.”

Launched in April of last year, the Global Development Hub harnesses Imperial academics’ expertise to engage with the UN’s SDGs and works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in societies where global challenges are acutely concentrated.

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