Recent CR&DALL Projects

This section covers recent CR&DALL work which is now closed.


Building Research Collaboration with India and Kyrgyzstan to explore the role of universities in developing skills for smart cities

Smart cities’ have now led to the proliferation in the discourses and practices of ICT-based urban development in South and Central Asia, particularly, in India and Kyrgyzstan. The Indian government has committed itself to developing 100 smart cities by 2050 to address the rise in urban population by 8%. Similarly, in Kyrgyzstan smart city initiatives have been implemented with UNDP to ensure sustainability, efficiency, and livability of its growing urban population.

Groundwork and preparation for a research study to adapt, develop and test the implementation effectiveness of ‘A Stop Smoking In Schools Trial’ (ASSIST) in LMIC settings

ASSIST is an effective theory-based early secondary-schools-based smoking prevention intervention implemented in UK and France. Drawing on Diffusion of Innovation Theory, ASSIST trains students voted as influential by their year group, to support/promote anti-smoking messages and norms among peers.

Better Start Blackpool – Activate and Community Development Research

The Better Start Blackpool project is one of five sites across England to have received 10 years funding from the Big Lottery (£215million). There purpose is to enhance life chances for 0-4 year olds within a family and community context, Blackpool has chosen to take a Community Development approach in the way they carry out their work.

Impact study: British Council school programmes in Scotland

This project involves a team of researchers in the School of Education with Professor Kay Livingston as PI and is co-led by Professor Catherine Doherty with Professor Trevor Gale, Dr Stephen Parker, and both Dr Ria Dunkley and Dr Catherine Lido of CR&DALL all as co-Is. They have been commissioned to conduct a study for the British Council to assess the impact of their programmes in Scotland. The British Council currently work with approximately a third of all schools in Scotland, through their Erasmus+, Connecting Classrooms, eTwinning and Modern Language Assistants programs.

Widening Regional Engagement of HE and TVET

The aims of this project funded under the aegis of an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account are to:

  • Support further work to review and enhance a template to map the engagement of universities with their cities and regions for use in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Hong Kong, Italy and the UK
  • Adapt a revised benchmarking tool to create an online version; and

  • Promote its use nationally and in an international context.

Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa

The Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa (SUEUAA) project funded by the British Academy under the Cities and Infrastructure programme of its Global Challenges Research Fund is led by the University of Glasgow includes international partners from Iran, Iraq, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  It builds on earlier work, the Strengthening the Regional Engagement Role of Universities in Africa and Asia, funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the earlier PURE project within the PASCAL Observatory.

Partnership to ensure the sustainability of a public health palliative care project in Bangladesh through community theatre

This is a GCRF AHRC-MRC global partnership grant funded from Dec 2017 – Jun 2019. Among the 160 million population of Bangladesh, it is estimated that 2.23 million people are currently living in over 9,000 slums. In the urban slums of Bangladesh, poverty makes the impact of life-limiting conditions devastating on family and community members. Communities that are already impoverished and marginalised are caring for each other without support. There are very few, if any, community palliative care projects focused on older people in urban slums around the world.


YOUNG_ADULLLT was designed as a mixed-method comparative study on Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom and focused on LLL policies for young adults – particularly those in ‘vulnerable’ positions – with the aim to critically analyse current developments of LLL policies in Europe. It was funded within the EC's Horizon 2020 programme within SSH - Young 3, and was led by the University of Münster in Germany.