The ESRC has announced funding for seven new projects from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) as part of a highlight notice to the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI).  

Given the SDAI’s track record of producing impactful research projects and the potential of utilising secondary data analysis in researching developing countries and development issues, this highlight is an important mechanism in funding ODA research. It also represents a key part of ESRC’s funding to develop capacity in secondary data analysis and therefore contributes to the principle of research as development outlined by ESRC in its wider objectives for GCRF.

The up to 18 month projects will produce ODA research insights on developing countries through the utilisation of existing data resources.


The seven funded projects are:

  • Dynamics of health and environmental inequalities in Hebei Province, China
    Professor Gwilym Pryce, University of Sheffield
  • Economic empowerment and intimate partner violence in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Dr Heidi Stöckl, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Pseudo-panels for long period analysis of African household surveys
    Professor Oliver Morrisey, University of Nottingham
  • Interventions for older people in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, University of East Anglia
  • Developing an environmentally-adjusted index for multidimensional poverty
    Dr Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge
  • Conflict and private economic activity: an analysis of new harmonised household data from Sub-Saharan Africa (COPE)
    Dr Tommaso Ciarli, University of Sussex
  • Measuring and mapping the prevalence and patterning of multiple malnutrition in young children in West and Central Africa
    Dr Shailen Nandy, Cardiff University