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Disruptive Voices

By Tim Bodley-Scott and Ersel Oymak

Worldwide, collaborative action through mutually beneficial university-industry-civil society-government partnerships, have a pivotal role to play in addressing the profound challenges that the world is facing. Growing these ‘quadruple helix’ alliances will be transformational since they will make a significant impact towards achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) that most of the world’s governments have signed up to achieve by 2030.

Our experience developing and executing strategic alliances have shown us that next generation universities will focus on building relationships that can help tackle global ‘grand challenges’. Such alliances will involve…


By Dr Gemma Moore, Senior Research Fellow (Evaluation) & Lecturer (Teaching), The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

An image of a group of people working on the floor, with an overlaid image of circles and lines representing a network.
An image of a group of people working on the floor, with an overlaid image of circles and lines representing a network.

UCL Grand Challenges is based on the premise that solutions to the greatest challenges rarely come from one field alone — there is a need to work with others and build collective knowledge and agency to develop the most effective solutions. Collective knowledge comes from working in groups and emerges out of building relationships. …


By Niccola Hutchinson-Pascal, Co-Production Collective

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Challenging the status quo — ‘the system’ — is something that is important to me personally and to Co-Production Collective; it’s one of our core values. The ‘system’ for us is the way research, services and policy are developed, the way people who are traditionally from outside of the system are allowed (or not in many cases) to be part of research, service and policy development. Instead, we want to see a system where everyone’s experience is valued equally. …

Disruptive Voices

Disruptive Voices from UCL Grand Challenges

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