The projects of the new Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training are multidisciplinary, the research is conducted with our experts across 15 departments in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.  The variety of global challenges are aligned with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

All the projects have partners in one of the 17 DAC nations, where the students will have a placement for part of their project. Below a list of the projects:


Project Title
Low cost passive water treatment for impacted households across the Afghanistan and Pakistan
Towards the end game: operational research on improving rural housing in sub-Saharan Africa as a strategy to support malaria elimination.
The Role of the Arts in Climate Change Mitigation:  Environmental Philosophies of Saharawi Refugee-Citizens
Maya subsistence farmer decision-making under climatic uncertainty in Central America
The development of peptidomimetics (peptoids) as therapeutics for treatment of Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis
Repurposing old drugs to refresh the anti-leishmanial pipeline
Poverty alleviation among ethnic minority groups in South West China through eco-agricultural and tourism development
The tragedy of common heritage; environmental conservations and the exploitation of the resources of the deep sea bed
Transport as gendered employment practice in sub-Saharan Africa
Understanding the impact of climate and climate change on water and food security in Guyana
A whole lifecycle approach to solar PV in India, managing the operation, end-of-life recycling.
Development of copper-dependent antimicrobial resistance breakers
Mitigating flood risks to rice production in the Indian subcontinent
The development and characterisation of “green” ionic liquid solvents for algal biofuel extraction.
Rainfall runoff modelling for flood forecasting in Indonesia
Developing best practice to protect children from air pollution in Indonesia
Designing smart functionalised surfaces for water harvesting.
Using machine learning and satellite radar to detect “silent” earthquakes in the Zagros Mountains, Iran
When the shaking stops: an evaluation of post-earthquake heritage rehabilitation in Hanuman Dhoka’s Durbar Square
Exploring synergies and opportunities at the interface between culture, ritual &
science for landslide risk reduction
Designs for dwellings; strategies for managing human-animal contact in Sierra Leone
Law’s Dynamic Effects: The Case of South Africa
The politics and ethics of water security in Cape Town
Governing the energy-water nexus; sustainable resource governance for development in Turkey
 Art and creativity in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Empowerment Among Young
People in Uganda
Using Soil Improvement Technologies (SITs) to Enhance Drought and Nutrient Resilience in Zimbabwean Soils