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Grand challenges

As an engaged university our research seeks to address some of the biggest challenges facing society today. Working closely with community groups, policymakers, charities, SMEs, and industry, our collaborative and interdisciplinary research supports regional growth, the UK industrial strategy, and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Our research grand challenges are underpinned by a deep commitment to sustainability, public and civic engagement, and enhancing the resilience and agility of individuals and organisations. Our work focuses on three key areas:

  • creating vibrant, cohesive and resilience societies
  • forging a smarter, greener industrial economy
  • shaping the future of health, care, and wellbeing

Our grand challenges are open intellectual communities for Teesside researchers that bring together researchers from our eight research centres. Each challenge is led by an interdisciplinary leadership and underpinned by a theory of change to ensure progress against our objectives. An agile and flexible approach is also taken to ensure that we best meet the needs of our communities, partners, and stakeholders. Challenges are led by an interdisciplinary team with a rotating chair and report directly to the University's Research and Innovation Committee.

Training, development and support
Sandpits, training and development activities and resources, and funding for ideas development, interdisciplinary working, and networking and collaboration ensure our challenge-led research is effectively supported and realised. Mentoring from those with interdisciplinary research expertise is also available for researchers wishing to more actively pursue an interdisciplinary career path.

For more details on upcoming training and development, mentoring, as well as online resources to support collaborative and interdisciplinary research, go to our research resources page.

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