association of commonwealth universities (External organisation)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network


The ACU and the British Council have partnered to establish the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, supporting 26 rising-star researchers to bring local knowledge to a global stage in the lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Throughout 2021, this unique and diverse cohort will build international collaborations and work with experts to influence issues related to climate and environment in their communities and beyond.  

The cohort convenes researchers with a expertise in a range of disciplines, and who have a deep understanding of communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. Reflecting the diversity of the Commonwealth, members of cohort are based at 25 ACU member universities from 16 countries.

Throughout 2021, the 26 researchers will attend a series of expert-led workshops and design and deliver peer-led research-to-action projects. They will be mentored by senior academics and experts in the sector, and to further their engagement with global climate stakeholders, they will be travelling to Glasgow in November to attend the landmark COP26 conference.

By supporting the development and retention of research leaders, the ACU-British Council partnership works to build a more equitable research landscape, ensuring that university research continues to thrive, inspire action, and play an essential role delivering impactful climate solutions across the Commonwealth.
Period15 Mar 2021
Held atassociation of commonwealth universities, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Climate Impacts
  • COP26
  • Climate Resilience