Our research on global challenges and sustainability attracts major funding from the ESRC, AHRC, British AcademyDepartment for International Development and charitable donors. It involves international university collaborations, principally in West Africa and South East Asia, and partnering with NGOs, governments and companies working in some of the world’s poorest communities.

To develop global development our researchers in Politics and International Studies, Modern Languages and Celtic Studies and Education work with colleagues in Law, Engineering and Human and Heath Sciences. Research is supported at Swansea by the Global Challenges Research Fund, and collaboration includes the interdisciplinary MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management, founded in 2017.

Research helps policy makers to reduce poverty and improve health outcomes, notably through developing rural access in West Africa. It clarifies ways to mitigate the effects of poverty on early childhood years; of displacement on refugees; of drug trafficking, crime and culture on the urban poor; and of persecution on the human rights of minorities.

The College has several research groups that offer research, training and supervision that engages directly with the aim of advancing development for the poorest in the world. Researchers in the College are also members of the University’s Global Challenges network and contribute to the annual Climate Action week each March.