Societal Challenge Themes

City We are commited to ensuring our research helps address some of the key global issues. Our societal challenge themes address the demand side of research by responding to some of the most pressing needs within society. They form part of our overall focus on excellence with impact. We have identifed three themes to focus on:


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