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Research Centre for Global Development (C4Globe)

The UCLan Research Centre for Global Development brings together researchers from all subject areas to develop robust and equitable research partnerships that will address major challenges to society.


Working with international partners and communities, we uphold the values of fairness, respect, care and honesty and are closely aligned to the United Nations UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. A key commitment of this agenda is to "leave no one behind", meaning that the needs of those most marginalised and disadvantaged will be prioritised.

C4 Globe has three main objectives:

  • To promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research at UCLan, aimed at addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange with partners in low and middle-income countries.
  • To provide guidance and support for establishing equitable research partnerships.

Our steering committee

The following steering committee members are passionate about the research undertaken in the Centre; find out more about them and what they hope can be achieved:

  • Professor Nicola Lowe (Director) - Our maxim can best be promoted by mission-driven colleagues with an activist, as well as a pragmatic, approach. That’s what the team is like.
  • Dr Victoria Moran (Deputy Director) - Leaving no one behind means concentrating research efforts on the most vulnerable, which is why our group works on maternal and infant health.
  • Professor Doris Schroeder - To link one of the oldest ethics research centres in Europe into ongoing efforts to address humanity’s challenges is a privilege.
  • Professor Carol Wallace - The need for urgent action to address global challenges has never been greater and research needs to play its part.
  • Dr Allwell Uwazuruike - The journey towards sustainable growth and development requires a constant fusion of minds and ideas. It is this collaboration and interdisciplinarity that lies at the heart of the centre’s work.

Projects supported through the Centre Sandpit events 2020-2021:

Funded in 2021

When Food runs Scarce: Interrogating the lived experiences of fishing communities in Senegal. Fazila Bhimji and Allwell Uwazuruike The Investigate the lived experiences of local fishing communities in Senegal, including the quality of life, survival and access to food within the context of declining small-scale fishing to gain insights into migration.

Understanding/Uncovering and Overcoming Stigma associated with knee pain in SE Asia. Jim Richards and Kim McGuire.To investigate stigma associated with knee pain and understand barriers to early interventions for knee osteoarthritis in Thailand, Malaysia and SE Asia.

Exploring women’s experiences of having a small for gestational age (SGA) baby in Pakistan V Moran, M Ceballos Rasgado, C Caruso and M Adams In-depth qualitative exploration of mother’s knowledge around SGA using Ketso, a tool which will be developed further with a group of Pakistan diasporic women in the UK.

Objects in Transit(ion): From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary A Zemanek, MC Balaam,A Moreno, M Ikoniadou and C Hunt Will create an interdisciplinary network of scholars, who employ methodologies rooted in material culture to explore themes related to global mobility, identity, home, belonging, and marginalisation

Funded in 2020

PEP: Promoting Equitable relationships in identifying community-driven research Priorities

Research and communication opportunities around agroecosystems approach to sustainable food production in LMICs

Micronutrient bioavailability impacts on selection and differential gene expression of human microbiota populations and foodborne pathogens.

Explaining the meaning of human rights from the Nigerian perspective using ethnomusicology.

Contact us:

To find out more about the C4Globe, please contact the Centre Director, Professor Nicola Lowe, or Centre Deputy Director, Dr Victoria Moran

For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter: @c4globe

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