Leading experts from the UK and in developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multi-disciplinary research programme launched today.
Projects under this programme consist of UK and developing-country researchers, working together as equal partners and include:
- addressing real-world problems such as the growing prevalence of diabetes and dementia in both the developing world and in western countries.
- utilising the potential of museums not only to reflect on past lives but also to promote social justice, strong institutions and fair societies.
- creating novel manufacturing processes for solar power and smart technologies for a second Green Revolution in crop yields.
- For full list of projects see http://bit.ly/GCRFgrowbrochure
Under the same programme, a team from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, led by the University of Stirling will soon start working with researchers in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to develop and implement approaches to tackling Asian and African nations’ tobacco consumption. These will include finding ways to support tobacco taxation, tackling the illicit trade in tobacco; and targeting tobacco company interference in governments’ attempts to reduce smoking. ARK Foundation is a collaborator with the project. The project fund will be awarded by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Prof. Rumana Huque, Lead Researcher of ARK Foundation , addressed the event by saying, “This award will allow our team to conduct novel research on the affordability of smokeless tobacco products in particular, which are widely used in Bangladesh and overlooked in current policies.”
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