Research Engagement

Research Engagement which impacts on the wider world

Meeting societal challenges

Glasgow Caledonian University’s commitment to the Common Good is realised in applied research which addresses three major societal challenges, enabling communities in the UK and internationally to build Inclusive Societies and live Healthy Lives in Sustainable Environments.

Our inter-disciplinary research agenda contributes to the development of intellectual and social capital, generating economic, cultural, social, public policy and quality of life benefits and impacts.

New knowledge developed through research partnerships with organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors enhances our curricula and the University’s reputation as an international centre of academic expertise.

Our research continues to complement the University’s central mission to serve the Common Good by transforming lives, engaging globally, enriching communities and innovating for social impact. To best meet the three societal challenges, GCU’s research spans Public Health and Long-term Conditions in Healthy Lives; Social Innovation and Equalities and Justice in Inclusive Societies and, finally, Urban Environments and Efficient Systems to deliver Sustainable Environments.

There are deep connections between these challenges and the interdisciplinary work needed to solve them and on-going efforts across the institution, for example in social business and health, climate justice, digital health and innovative ways of learning, among many others, addressing more than one challenge in more than one theme.

Our Research section features examples of case studies and research news from across GCU.

The Research Councils UK Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research outlines the expectations and responsibilities of research funders to help embed public engagement in universities and research institutes.