Societal Challenge Themes

CityWe are committed to ensuring our research helps address some of the key global issues by focusing on selected societal challenge themes (PDF 1.26 MB), as part of our overall focus on excellence with impact.

These themes address the demand side of research by responding to some of the most pressing needs within society. Our three themes are:


Our ageing theme is a development of our expertise on the ageing process and the implications for society. We have the largest number of academics working on aspects of ageing in Europe, many based on a purpose-built campus operated in partnership with the NHS Trust.

Social Renewal

Newcastle has significant strengths in research relating to how individuals, communities and organisations adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and challenging environment. We have created the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal as a hub for research activity which is focused on asking the big questions facing our society.


At Newcastle, we focus on the solutions that we can offer to the global challenge of sustainability, particularly in relation to our existing internationally leading research.