The University of Kent has established a Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) dedicated to doctoral research addressing the challenges of economic development and well-being faced by developing countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. The GCDC is the nucleus of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) PhD training activities at Kent as a virtual and physical “location” where we discuss and undertake research to find solutions to global challenges.

In addition to the four current GCDC doctoral scholars who began their studies in the academic year 2018-19, the GCDC has recruited an additional eight doctoral scholars for 3.5 years to begin their studies in the academic year 2019-2020.

This blog provides detailed updates on GCDC research, training activities and events.

Please contact GCRF Officer, Grace Grussenmeyer at for more information and with any queries.