SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar appointed Challenge Leader for Global Challenges Research Fund

4 June 2018

Dr Laura Hammond, Reader in Development Studies at SOAS University of London, has been appointed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to one of nine ‘Challenge Leader’ posts to help direct the work of a £1.5bn government fund dedicated to addressing the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. 

Dr Hammond will lead on Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement. She and the other leaders will ensure that the GCRF Fund has the greatest possible impact on global development and moves the world closer towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS said: “This is a significant opportunity to continue generating discussion and collaboration to tackle the challenges around conflict and forced migration today. I am delighted that one of SOAS’s leading international experts on conflict, migration and forced displacement, Laura Hammond, has been appointed as a Challenge Leader”

Dr Hammond said: “The opportunities are enormous for engaging with the GCRF and its partners in the UK and around the world to help maximise the impact of the extremely important research being done on conflict and displacement. I am looking forward to working as a Challenge Leader to promote this work and to help influence policy for positive outcomes for people affected by violence and displacement.

Dr Hammond will work with UK Research and Innovation, the National Academies and the UK Space Agency to coordinate the GCRF programme, bringing together GCRF researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, and enabling GCRF science and research to generate innovative solutions to development challenges that will improve the lives of people around the globe.

GCRF forms part of the ODA research and innovation funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It aims to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance development for the poorest people and countries.