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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.

News and events

  • Professor Nicola Lowe took part in a webinar about equitable partnerships in international research: Power and priorities: equitable partnerships in Agriculture, Nutrition and Health research.
  • In January 2020, the C4Globe team took part in a Sandpit event to develop multi-team, interdisciplinary research proposals.
  • In October 2019, the BIZIFED2 team travelled to Islamabad to share findings, review progress so far and discuss our plans for the next 18 months. 
  • The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Read our impact case studies.

CVCL Agadir Orphanage Project

Staff and students from our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership have visited Morocco several times to support local communities. Student volunteers from across the University delivered workshops and skill sharing activities with orphans in Agadir and people who are recovering from alcohol and substance addiction.

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 - 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 Kate Chatfield - The Centre is about global development and co-creation, not the one-way learning of the South from the North. C4Globe builds equitable research partnerships.
  • 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 Fiona Dykes - Leaving no one behind means concentrating research efforts on the most vulnerable, which is why my group works on maternal and infant health.
  • Professor Carol Wallace - The need for urgent action to address global challenges has never been greater and research needs to play its part.

Contact us

To find out more please contact Professor Nicola Lowe or Dr Kate Chatfield.