Global Challenges Academy

Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods

Our research is enabling sustainable livelihoods and empowering the marginalised in urban and rural communities. Combining expertise in education, nutrition, medicine and business, the aim of this network is to consider the enablers and barriers to sustainable livelihoods for urban and rural areas in low and middle-income countries.


Find out more about our projects.


Our partners

  • IIT, Delhi
  • CURE (Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence)
  • Indus Information Initiatives
  • INCLUDe (Indian NGOs for Community-Led Urban Habitat Development)
  • Dept for International Development DFID, UK
  • Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA)
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
  • Practical Action, UK
  • Njala University, Sierra Leone
  • Kwame Nkruma University of Science & Tec
  • University of Kassel, Germany
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Pens Food Bank, Ghana
  • World Neighbors, US
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • British Council Kenya, Kenya
  • African Arts Trust, UK
  • 32 Degrees Ugandan Arts Trust, Uganda
  • Uganda Com Art Skill Develop & Recycling, Uganda

Newcastle University staff

Dr Jaime Amezaga
Reader in Environmental Sustainability

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4876

Professor Andrew Burton
Professor of Fine Art

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6074

Professor Richard Dawson
Professor of Earth Systems Engineering, Director of Research & Innovation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6618

Professor Pauline Dixon
Professor of International Development and Education

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5047

Professor David Graham
Professor of Ecosystems Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7930

Dr Steve Humble MBE
Senior Lecturer in International Development

Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 7593

Dr Jonathan Kimmitt
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Telephone: 0191 2081614

Professor James Law
Professor of Speech & Language Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5250

Professor Georg Lietz
Professor of International Nutrition

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6893

Dr Anil Namdeo
Reader in Air Quality Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8486

Dr Robert Newbery
Reader in Enterprise and Innovation

Telephone: 44 (0)191 2081608

Professor Tony Roskilly
Director, Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4952

Professor Karen Ross
Director of Research

Telephone: 447798884110


Global Challenge

Cities in the developing world are projected to grow by more than 2 billion people over the next three decades. This presents both economic challenges and opportunities. Enabling people to work is crucial to socio-economic development of any country. Productive activities are not possible without basic infrastructure, education and environmental health services.

An example of our work is focussed on Delhi, India. Our research there is interested in distinctive informal low-income settlements, such as unauthorised colonies, Jhuggi Jhopri or squatter settlements and resettlement colonies.

How we are making a difference

  • leading research to identify the enablers and barriers to sustainable livelihoods
  • fostering sustainable livelihoods through employment and enterprise
  • joining together multiple sets of expertise in engineering, education, nutrition, medicine and business to end poverty
  • maximise opportunities around local action through the development of a ‘community charter’ and ‘community development plan’ and training workshops
  • investigating whether the provision of services has bearing on labour and enterprise issues for a demographic distribution of community members

Where we are having an impact



Read and download our publications:

  • Growing Cities Sustainably: Does Urban Form Really Matter? (2012). Journal of American Planning Association

    Date Published: 3 May 2012 Read more
  • Underappreciated role of regionally poor water quality on globally increasing antibiotic resistance (2014). Environmental Science & Technology

    Date Published: 1 October 2014 Read more
  • The effects of schooling, family and poverty on children’s attainment, potential and confidence – evidence from Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2017). International Journal of Educational Research

    Date Published: 22 March 2017 Read more
  • Potholes and pitfalls: The impact of rural transport on female entrepreneurs in Nigeria (2016). Journal of Transport Geography

    Date Published: 9 June 2016 Read more
  • Pedestrians risk perception of traffic crash and built environment features–Delhi, India (2016). Safety Science

    Date Published: 19 March 2016 Read more
  • How School Choice Is Framed by Parental Preferences and Family Characteristics: A Study of Western Area, Sierra Leone (2017) Journal of School Choice

    Date Published: 16 February 2017 Read more
  • Sustained Liveability: A Framework Beyond Energy Conscious Building Conservation of market Halls

    Date Published: November 2017 Read more