Explore our Global Challenges research

Major new project to address trade challenge

The Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York will undertake assessments of trade in agricultural commodities as part of a multi-million pound project led by the United Nation World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

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£10m Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity announced

The Leverhulme Trust Board has announced it will fund up to £10 million over the next 10 years to establish a new centre for research on biodiversity change at the University of York.

Don’t quibble with a gribble

Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel.

A health warning

More people are vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change than ever before, according to researchers at the University of York.

Diseases on the fly

Fruit flies could provide new opportunities for tackling diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, our researchers have found.

Saving the Kenyan cloud forests

Forest ecologist Dr Aida Cuni-Sanchez from our Department of Environment, explains the importance of Africa's cloud forests – and the work underway at York to preserve them.​

Premature deaths linked to air pollution

Scientists have released new figures showing long-term exposure to ozone air pollution is linked to one million premature deaths per year.

'Lost city' benefited crop farming

Our researchers have shown that soil erosion in an abandoned site in Tanzania has benefited farmers for some 500 years.

York awarded major funding

Researchers from across the University have been awarded major grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to tackle the world's most pressing issues.

Tropical team work

Our researchers are working with residents on the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu to help their community access clean drinking water.

Breakthrough in fight against neglected tropical disease

Scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in the search for an effective vaccine for the neglected tropical disease leishmaniasis following the successful completion of a first in-human trial.

Community workers are the key to improved health in Brazil

Our researchers are exploring how health services in Brazil maintain the wellbeing of their most vulnerable communities.

Plants prepare for battle against toxic soil

Field trials are underway for a type of grass that could provide a clean, green solution to a growing environmental problem.

Combating global antimicrobial resistance

We're looking at the social and economic factors behind global antimicrobial resistance and helping develop policies to combat the problem.

We're researching the impacts of climate change and how people interact with the environment across East Africa.

Affordable healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa

We've helped develop a healthcare package for Malawi, which has the potential to be used as a blueprint for other developing countries.

Researching the main UN challenges

Overweight children, adult drinking and death caused by violence continue to be significant hurdles in many nations’ development.

The threat of Asian tobacco companies to global health

Researchers say the global expansion of the companies will mean increases to the six million deaths caused by tobacco use each year.

Ancient fishing practices of Brazil

Archaeologists have been working with coastal to understand how they are using pre-Columbian fishing practices.

York awarded Global Challenges funding

We have been awarded two new grants to tackle the parasitic disease leishmaniasis.

Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

A major project studying the history of public health policies.

Ebola could happen again

Local health needs must be addressed to avoid another outbreak.

Tobacco and TB claiming lives in South Asia

Our expert is finding a link between smoking and tuberculosis in impoverished communities.

New drugs hope to fight tropical diseases

Our scientists are a step closer to providing effective treatments for Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness.

Bringing low-cost broadband to rural Nigeria

High-altitude platforms provide wireless service without the need for expensive infrastructure.

Creating sustainable, resilient food systems

We're leading a major new UK food sustainability project.

Protecting Indian crops

We’re using genetics to develop crops which are more resistant to climate change.

Leading immunologist Professor Paul Kaye is working on a vaccine to combat a deadly tropical disease.

Fighting climate change with fire

Controlled fires could help to save the Serengeti, according to our biologists.

From rice straw to biofuel

We're working with farmers in Asia to convert rice straw into biofuel.

Air pollution in China

How the Chinese could improve the quality of the air they breathe.

Education will help rebuild Somalia

Our researchers find that education is the key to peace-building in Somalia.