The Pilot Programme
The ACU and the British Council partnered to establish the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, supporting 26 rising-star researchers to bring local knowledge to a global stage.
The diverse cohort worked on building international connections, and engaging with experts, to influence climate and environment related issues in their communities and beyond.
The cohort convened researchers that possessed expertise in a range of disciplines and a deep understanding of communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Reflecting the diversity of the Commonwealth, cohort members were from 25 ACU member universities, from 16 countries.
During the programme, the 26 researchers attended a series of expert-led workshops, designed and delivered a series of peer-led research-to-action projects, benefitted from mentoring relationships with senior academics and experts in the sector, and identified opportunities to further their engagement with global climate stakeholders.
By supporting the development and retention of research leaders, the ACU-British Council partnership hopes to build a more equitable research landscape, ensuring that university research continues to thrive, inspire action, and play an essential role in delivering impactful climate solutions across the Commonwealth.