Rural development


The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 517-518.

Directly contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), this perspective piece discusses sociocultural constructs and patterns within sub-Saharan Africa surrounding cancer. There remains a stigma around cancer which continuous to risk women with cancer loosing their source of livelihood or family support.

Biodiversity of Pantepui: The Pristine “Lost World” of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands, 2019, Pages 403-417

This book chapter addresses goals 13 and 15 by summarising studies carried out to date aimed at estimating the potential impact of the projected global warming by the end of this century on the Pantepui biota, particularly on vascular plants.

A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems With Special Focus on Photovoltaic Systems, 2018, Pages 81-107.

This chapter advances goals 9 and 7 by discussing sustainable solar energy generation and storage for rural sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the ‘circular economy’.

Chem, Volume 4, Issue 11, November 2018, Pages 2644-2657.

This research presents the implementation of a flexible solar flow battery device which holds the potential to accelerate large-scale deployment of solar technologies, providing off-grid electrification to remote locations, developing SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 1 (no poverty).

Stockholm – RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, has announced the winners of the 2018 RELX Group Environmental Challenge which supports innovative solutions to improve sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The $50,000 first and $25,000 second prize winners were recognised during World Water Week in Stockholm, a unique annual event bringing together water researchers, policymakers, journalists, companies and non-profits to address the key water challenges of the 21st century. 

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Contributes to Goal 6. The RELX ​Group ​Environmental ​Challenge 2018 ​is now open for applications, awarding projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation. There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry.

Global Food Security, Volume 15, December 2017, Pages 94-107

Contributing to SDG 1 and SDG 2, this paper shows that despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, little progress has been made in reducing the number of people living on between $1.25 and $2 a day and it provides updated estimates of rural and urban poverty for regions throughout the developing world. Social protection programmes are a key way for governments to support the poor. Secondly, agricultural input subsidies are a key government tool for boosting agricultural production, especially that of smallholder farmers. This paper is one of the first to examine both social protection and agricultural input subsidies in alleviating poverty.

Telematics and Informatics, Volume 34, Issue 7, November 2017, Pages 1166-1176

Contributing to SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 5 (Gender Equality) and 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning research explores the role of telemedicine (the delivery of healthcare services from a distance using information and communication technologies) in reducing gender-based barriers women and girls in rural areas of Nepal face to access healthcare services.

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 140, Issue 5, November 2017, Pages 1240-1243.

This Elsevier Atlas Award winning study explores the increase in allergies in Africa, despite the high exposure to bacteria and allergens. This study relates to SDGs 1(No Poverty) and 3 (Good health and Well-being).
The RELX Group Environmental Challenge, with a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry, is awarded to projects that provide sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation. This directly assists SDG 6.1 and 6.2 to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene, for all. Find out more about the 2017 winners.