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Sustainable development in neglected communities

This cross-cutting theme will focus on direct application of approaches and methodologies championed in other themes within the Institute for Sustainability (e.g. health and well-being, water and infrastructure, food systems, nature-based solutions, governance and behavioural change, just transitions, communication) to make sustainable improvements in the lives of people living in harder-to-reach or neglected communities.

Theme aims

People in water

A key feature of the research projects falling under this theme umbrella will be the use of participatory approaches and community engagement in developing them. For example, to develop sustainable interdisciplinary interventions for neglected tropical diseases or to enhance conservation and sustainable practices.

This theme will involve researchers from across the University with expertise in participatory approaches, human and animal health, biology, mathematical modelling, participatory modelling, systems science, participatory systems design, language and linguistics, water, engineering, nutrition, health economics, social anthropology and digital transformation.

The Institute has enabled me to interact with researchers working in different fields at the University and discover shared research interests. Dr Martha Betson, Co-Lead