WUN Global Challenges are collections of high quality WUN collaborative research programmes – each involving a number of WUN and other world-leading academic partners in the programme area – which are expected to contribute significantly – in the short or longer term – to addressing the issues of global significance identified in the Challenges.
WUN Global Challenges are also a means of promoting new or existing WUN collaborative research programmes to potential funders, policy makers and the world more generally by emphasising the impact that these programmes will have on issues of concern to them.
Currently the WUN is fostering 4 Global Challenges:
Adapting to Climate Change
The WUN Global Challenge on Adapting to Climate Change encapsulates a number of innovative research projects that address scientific, cultural, health and social issues. Changes to our climate are leading to environmental changes, food and water shortages, and population displacement and migration. More…
The WUN Understanding Cultures Global Challenge brings together scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences to develop research into culture, and society, in order to address issues of relevance to policy-makers. More…
Global Higher Education and Research
The WUN Global Challenge in Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) calls on affiliates of WUN to address the sources, mechanisms, and social structures that give rise to today's higher education challenges and to work collaboratively across the network to propose reform policies for international research and education. More…
Public Health and Non-Communicable Disease
The WUN Public Health Global Challenge emphasizes a life-course approach to opportunities for addressing non-communicable diseases especially in low and middle income countries and transitioning populations but also in developed societies where there are social disparities in risk. More…