Responding to Climate Change

The WUN Global Challenge Group on Responding to Climate Change addresses the catalysts, causes and consequences of climate change. 

Collaborative, multi-disciplinary and international research programs are a crucial component of our response to climate change, and experts from across the globe need to work together to explore sustainable approaches to how we can best adapt to and mitigate against a changing climate. Broad themes of the research include: 

  • The drivers and pressures of climate change
  • The states of and impacts on systems affected by climate change
  • Managing a response to climate change. 

Current research priorities include:

  • Clean and affordable food
  • Clean and affordable energy
  • Human response and adaption

Steering Group

The Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Steering Group is made up of experts in the field from across the network. The Steering Group is responsible for guiding the development, focus and research portfolio of the global challenge. 

Global Challenge Chair: Professor Susan GourvenecRoyal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies, Deputy Director Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute and Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering at University of Southampton.
Vice Chair: Professor Onno van Shayck, Professor of Preventive Medicine of the Medical Faculty of the University of Maastricht and Scientific Director of the National Research School CaRe.

Interested in getting involved in the WUN Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge?

For more information, contact: Ms Maria Norton (Lead Coordinator) e-mail: