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Tackle global challenges

262 million children

are unable to go to school

10,000 deaths per day

due to lack of healthcare

45% of deaths in under 5's

are nutrition related

York Unlimited will drive research

Across the world, the gap between rich and poor has never been greater. York’s Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre helps challenge the injustice of global inequality through new research, evidence, teaching and by seeking alternative solutions.

In creating the next generation of specialists in global sustainable development, and working in partnership with a community of NGOs, activists, businesses and international organisations we will tackle the biggest challenges to global health, conflict, livelihoods and environmental risks. 

"Tackling economic inequality within and between countries is central to moving us towards sustainable economies that focus on optimising the wellbeing of both people and planet. My research supports my policy campaigning and activism and, historically, there is a strong tradition of this link in public health."

Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health

Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health

For more than 10 years, the University of York has offered a temporary home to young people who are working in places such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Colombia to defend people’s human rights. York’s Human Rights Protective Fellowships Scheme, which is housed in the Centre for Applied Human Rights offers a network of support to these practitioners, crucial research-based advice and a period of protection which enables them to return to their work re-energised.  

Unlimited defenders

Mohamed Elbaker is an Egyptian Nubian, a human rights lawyer, and founder and CEO of Adalah Center for Rights & Freedoms. After the Egyptian revolution in 2011, Elbaker began to focus his work on human rights and developing mechanisms to support victims.

He was arrested in 2014, due to his work in defense of political activists and HRDs. After he regained freedom, he realised that the struggle for human rights in front of a military regime must be institutional, organised and planned. When he first set up the Adalah Center for Rights & Freedoms to launch the Center, there were five volunteering student cadres and human rights activists present. By the end of 2017, Adalah Center employs 20 full time members of staff.

Mohamed Elbaker, Human Rights Defender

Arwa Elrabiea, Human Rights Defender

Arwa Elrabiea is a Sudanese human rights activist. Her academic background is in law and music. She earned her law degree from the University of Cairo, Khartoum Branch, in 1991.

After continuous raids on her training centre called TRACKs for Training and Human Development and interrogations, where some colleagues were detained for over 10 months, Arwa Elrabiea sought sanctuary at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York. Due to her work as a human rights defender, she has been arrested and harassed, interrogated for espionage work and waging war against the state.

How can I help?

  • Give £5,000 to £70,000 to support scholarships on the new BA, Masters and PhD research programmes in Global Sustainable Development.
  • Gifts of £2,000 or more will fund bursaries for the Global Summer Development Programme.
  • A gift of £8,000 will enable Human Rights Defenders to travel to York for respite, study and research.

If you are interested in setting up a named scholarship, please contact us at