The Research Programme achieves EWB-UK's aims by supporting students studying at academic institutions to link up with international development organisations to undertake research at on their behalf.
The EWB-UK Research Programme enables the research skills of our volunteers – and hence the facilities of the institutions they study at – to be accessed by development organisations. In turn, this allows students to undertake research projects that are useful, exciting and relevant for their academic degrees.
We have a number of briefs ready for motivated students to tailor to their academic needs. As a student, you can apply for these and we will choose the most suitable student. It is all about us giving the most support as possible to our research student, creating meaningful and high impact, high quality research.
CARE shelter research
Two research briefs for CARE International's Shelter Team are currently available--investigation of hurricane-resistant non-engineered timber structures and solar lamps.
The Plastic Economy
The Plastic Economy is looking for researchers interested in helping to develop energy sources for small-scale local plastic recycling plants. Read about The Plastic Economy here, and have a look at their briefs for assessing renewable energy sources and CHP generation.
WASH Gap Analysis
Last year the Humanitarian Innovation Fund published a WASH Gap Analysis which included a list of the 12 most significant research priorities in the sector. The Research Team would be happy to work with any students or academic organisations who would be interested in creating briefs for student projects that address the priorities on this list--please contact the Research Team if you're interested.
If you are currently undertaking a project that falls within the ethos of EWB-UK you can apply to affiliate. By affiliating your project, it shows that we think your project is great and that you can have access to certain benefits and support.
Once you have finished your work we will review it and disseminate it as much as we can. This will mean that your research can have a great impact and be available to those who can use it! We hope that you agree, this is one of the primary reasons to work in this area: to make a difference!
The EWB-UK Research Programme is run by a team of motivated and diverse students, graduates and professionals who are vital to its success. We are always looking to improve our contribution and for new members to join our team.
More information about the team and volunteering with us.
If you have any other enquiries and can't find the answer here, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you.
A collection of past research papers done in collaboration with EWB-UK can be found on our Scribd account at: www.scribd.com/EWBUK