NDARC's Michael Farrell joins international research partnership to tackle global challenges

April 2016

NDARC Director Professor Michael Farrell has been named an inaugural fellow of a cross-country, cross-university alliance which has been developed to work together to help solve global challenges.

The PLuS Alliance (Phoenix London Sydney) is a research network of 60 research fellows from the University of New South Wales, King’s College London and Arizona State University.

Combining the cutting-edge research capabilities and innovative education approach of three universities in different parts of the world, the PLuS Alliance will undertake cross-border research collaborations to address significant issues related to health, social justice, sustainability and innovation.

“Working in partnership, we have a combined body of over 15,000 staff, 150,000 students and over $1 billion research spends. With scale and expertise we are determined to bring about change,” said UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs at the launch event at Bush House in London in February.

The high-profile launch saw former BBC World Affairs Correspondent Emily Buchanan chair discussions from a number of newly appointed PLuS Alliance Fellows, who announced plans for the first joint research initiatives, which will have four main areas of focus: Environmental sustainability; informed urbanisation; social and distributed justice; and global health and well-being.