Our Projects

Find out more about our projects

The Bridge supports four key themes: Global Health and well-being; Education; Energy, environment and climate change; and Artificial intelligence and data. Hughes Hall also hosts a number of Bridge Centres, presently including the Centre for Climate Change Engagement, Oracy Cambridge, and Cambridge Digital Innovation, that serve as focus points for relevant research activities and projects. In addition, we help facilitate partnerships with key initiatives and institutions with relevance to the objectives and specialisms of the College and our academic body.

Our four themes are a natural extension of these Centres and partnerships, and align well with the interests and expertise of our academic community. The College has active research interests in Africa, and other low and middle income countries, and this remains a feature of Bridge activities. Theme groups provide a platform for thought-leadership and multi-disciplinary collaboration to generate solutions for pressing problems in the world today. Through focussed projects, each theme draws on internal academic expertise, translation network partnerships and external contacts within influential environments. These external experts include our City Fellows and alumni as well as leaders within policy, practice and business.

Global Health and well-being

Professor Nabeel Affara (Life Fellow and former head of the Pathology Department) and Professor Aliko Ahmed (Director, East of England, Public Health England) jointly lead this diverse and challenging area. They welcome interest from those working in related research or professional areas keen to find out more or join a project. The group is exploring collaborative projects on the following topics:

  1. Non-communicable disease;
  2. The impact of climate change on health;
  3. Designing educational programmes for public health; and
  4. Examining the cultural contexts of international healthcare delivery.


Hughes Hall has a proud heritage in this field and many researchers, with a range of expertise, working collaboratively to devise innovative ways to make real change in education, both in practice and in policy, at the highest levels.  Professor Rupert Wegerif (Faculty of Education), in partnership with City Fellow, Mark Anderson, leads the Education theme. They are happy to hear from all those with an interest and are exploring collaborations on:

  1. Working with the new Digital Education Futures Initiative to create an Institute to explore new models of education;
  2. Creating a research exchange platform for new thinking in pedagogy; and
  3. Developing a programme to research and support entrepreneurship in education.

Energy, environment and climate change

This Theme provides wider support and context for the work of the HH Centre for Climate Change Engagement, as we look to lead and shape this diverse and important area.  We wish to capture the skills and experience of our researchers in order to create new ways of addressing significant global challenges.  This theme also supports the work of the College in its ambition to operate sustainably as one of its top priorities. Professor Ian Hodge (Land Economy) provides the lead on environment and rural policy issues; for other aspects of sustainability, in the first instance please contact Aldabra Stoddart in the Bridge Office or Becky Lawrence at Climate Change Engagement.

Artificial Intelligence and Data

This new fourth theme on Artificial intelligence and data will explore a critical mix of technologies underpinning the other theme topics. It is still in the initial stages and its leadership and focus will be agreed shortly.

Get in touch

Our theme leaders would be pleased to hear from those keen to work with the Bridge theme groups. Please click on the names above to get in touch or contact Dr Stephen Axford, Director of Strategy and the Bridge, who is also happy to discuss theme membership or ideas for potential multi-disciplinary projects, and who can put you in touch with researchers across a broad range of fields: bridge.director@hughes.cam.ac.uk.