Since 2014, more than 25 CGEN-affiliated faculty have engaged in a range of strategic research initiatives that are addressing pressing challenges in global development. While those projects typically rely on engineering innovation, they often draw on insights from a multitude of disciplines, and they are always conducted in concert with change-makers on the ground, be they local NGOs, tribal councils, or social enterprises.
Ultimately, our aim is to develop context-appropriate, evidence-based, market-viable solutions to problems that matter to communities, and to build their technical capacity for implementation and scale-up. This means rigorous lab-based research combined with fieldwork and consistent stakeholder engagement. In so doing, we enable our teams to understand local perspectives and needs first-hand, and ensure that our graduates are compassionate, global citizens with the skills to enact change.