Responding to Climate Change

The WUN Global Challenge on Responding to Climate Change is focussed primarily on food and environment security and encapsulates a number of innovative research projects that address scientific, cultural, health and social issues.  Changes to our climate are leading to environmental changes, food and water shortages, and population displacement and migration.  Collaborative and multi-disciplinary research programs are a crucial component of our response to these emerging problems, and experts from across the globe need to work together to explore sustainable approaches to how we can best adapt to a changing climate. Broad themes of the research include: 

  • The drivers and pressures of climate change
  • The states of and impacts on systems affected by climate change
  • Managing a response to climate change. 

Steering Group

The Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Steering Group is made up of experts in the field from across the network. The Steering Group is responsible for guiding the development, focus and research portfolio of the global challenge. 

Global Challenge Chair: Professor Susan Gouvernec, Deputy Director Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering at University of Southampton.
Vice Chair: Professor Onno van Shayck, Professor of Preventive Medicine of the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Maastricht.

For more information, contact: Ms Maria Norton (Lead Coordinator) e-mail: